Planning to switch to 5G? Consider these pros and cons for a seamless transition

The fifth generation (5G) of mobile technology is emerging as a superior communication network, delivering increased speeds, coverage and reliability. Through this innovative network, businesses will be able to harness the power of Internet of Things (IoT) as we continue connecting more devices into our networks. 

However, as with any new technology, it is important to understand the downsides of adopting 5G along with the benefits. 

Some of the disadvantages of running a 5G network

Obstructions can impact connectivity

Although 5G works fast at high speed, it doesn’t travel as far when compared to 4G. Moreover, tall buildings and trees may block the frequency of the 5G network that might cause problems. Therefore, it requires more towers for coverage, which in turn can be time-consuming and expensive. To counter this setback, the telecom industry is extending existing cell towers to increase the broadcast distance. Another solution can include placing small transmitters on buildings to increase coverage, although this could take some time to implement.

Costs for rollout are high

The costs related to the development of 5G infrastructure or adaptations to existing cellular infrastructure will be high. And the ongoing maintenance costs needed to ensure the high-speed connectivity will further add to the cost. To avoid passing on these charges to customers, cellular operators are looking to minimise costs by exploring alternative network sharing options but in the meantime, businesses must carefully analyze their needs before adopting 5G and consider switching if the benefits clearly outweigh the cost of higher spectrum access. 

Limitations of rural access

While 5G is set to bring about real connectivity for the predominantly urban areas, those living in the rural settings might have to wait longer to benefit from the connection. To compensate, companies will have to construct new cell towers to reach all rural areas of the world.

Weakened device batteries 

Devices that use a 5G connection will result in a huge battery drain that reduces the lifespan to a large extent. Hence, manufacturers need to invest in new battery technologies to protect the battery and prolong the time it can operate without charging. 

Upload speeds don’t match download speeds

The download speeds of 5G technology are incredibly high, in some cases up to 1.9Gbps. However, the upload speeds are rarely more than 100Mbps, which is not that great. In relation to existing mobile connectivity, however, the upload speeds are higher than being seen with 4G LTE.

Cybersecurity 

As with any emerging technology, 5G networks will face new cybersecurity risks. The software used to manage the network might be more vulnerable to hackers. Additionally, with more devices connected, there are more opportunities for cybercriminals to attack. Consumer education is necessary for enhancing security efficiently. On the other hand, efforts are being taken to improve the security along with the initial rollout of 5G. Keeping all IoT devices updated with security patches will help overcome the problems with optimal results. 

Benefits of 5G 

High speeds

5G works faster on mobile phones and other devices when compared to 4G and 4G LTE. It allows users to download movies, videos, and music in seconds as opposed to minutes. 

Low latency 

Latency is the interval between the moment when a device sends data to a receiver and the moment when the receiver can use the information. 5G latency will be significantly less than that of 4G, allowing users to connect to each other and the internet in real-time.

Increased capacity 

5G has the capacity to deliver up to 100 times more capacity than 4G. It allows companies to switch between cellular and Wi-Fi wireless strategies that will help experience better performance. 

More bandwidth 

A wireless network’s bandwidth is essentially its user capacity. 5G networks can support and connect a significantly higher number of devices at once. This space for more devices also allows the network to provide faster speeds.

Powering innovation 

5G technology is the perfect choice for connecting with a whole range of different devices including drones and sensors. It gives ways to power the adoption of IoT allowing industries to enhance their productivity. 

As with all new technology, there are going to be some initial drawbacks as the system becomes more refined, and 5G does have numerous benefits for organizations that want to invest in higher speed networks. 

BLiNQ Networks offers a wide-range of both LTE and 5G solutions for future-proof networking and performance aligned to our clients’ business needs. 

Our 5G solutions include the high-performance, high-capacity RU-400i and the flexible, cost-effective RU-200i. With up to 800 MHz OBW and an enhanced self configurable spectrum selection, the RU-400i provides reliable coverage to anyone, anywhere whereas the RU-200i, which is created to decrease latency, with its capacity of ~2 Gbps, optimizes deployment options for specific performance requirements at a lower cost.

Connect with us today to find out more about our easy to set up and deploy solutions. 

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