Does 5G Technology Work?
All new things have a “break-in” period. Shoes, cars, books, new systems at work, marriages – lots of things in our everyday lives have that period of time when things aren’t necessarily all they ought to be. At first, they may not work just right or need to be given a little TLC until all the aspects of the product, situation or relationship are seated in and have the bugs worked out.
It happened with our cellular communications before. Remember the briefcase phones and brick-sized “mobile” phones in the early days? And it is happening now, too. In fact, it most likely always will, as long as change, progress and improvements occur. So when someone asks, “Does 5G technology work?”, it is a deeper question than the asker may realize.
First of All, DOES it work?
Permit me to engage in a small bit of sarcasm: Well, DUH! Of course it does! Remember, if you have read the other pages and posts on this site, you will know that 5G isn’t just all about YOU. Well, at least it isn’t all about just you and your cell phone.
The technology is reaching into more and more areas of research, industry, medicine, surgery, the internet, office procedures, data storage and connectivity, our cars, other modes of transportation, home electronics, international trade, etc.
The billions of dollars being invested in all areas of 5G utilization are not being frivolously thrown at an unproven, “iffy” business venture. This is not some Shark Tank venture that may or may not pay out.
Savvy investors, business leaders, C.E.O.’s, electronics developers and communications experts across the world are striving every way they can to make sure they are positioned to catapult their companies into the future by incorporating 5G into their business plans. So to ask, “Does it work?” really has no other answer than “Yes. Yes it does, as a matter of fact.”
I’m sure there were people who thought the first automobiles were just a toy – a flash in the pan. And others probably thought electric lights were impractical. After all who wants to string up wires all over the place to have light when you could just light an oil lamp. If it was good enough for grandpa, it should be good enough for everybody. Even the internet itself was thought by some to be just a fad. They all had problems in being implemented. They all took a while to catch on. Yet here we are today!
But I Heard About All These Problems…
In saying that 5G definitely works, I am not saying it has come out of the gate in perfect, pristine WOW-factor-inducing glory. For the rest of my discussion, I am talking about cell phone usage in particular. Let’s leave behind for now all the other applications and all the wonders – some immediate and some yet to come – of 5G.
So what about 5G cell phone technology? As I have stated elsewhere, the start has been small. Only certain districts in certain cities have 5G cell phone service. The higher and broader wavelengths involved in the signals used give 5G its awesome capabilities, but those same signals do not travel as far as the lower wavelengths used by 3G, LTE and 4G.
Actually, I could take you just a couple of miles from my home in central Ohio and find “dead spots” in my 4G cell phone coverage. So “Can you hear me now?” is still a problem, even with our current devices and services. Improved from its inception years ago, but still not perfect.
So the challenge of providing universal coverage is ongoing. As with the previous levels of “G”, coverage expands over time. This means that when through-the-air transmission is involved, more towers, spaced closer together are needed for 5G. I have addressed this elsewhere, so check out some of my other pages and posts for this information.
Is this a problem? Sure it is. No one wants to be saddled with such limited areas of availability or to experience interruptions in service due to physical obstacles blocking signals or due to getting too far from a tower.
But are the problems insurmountable? Nope. In fact, you can be assured that there are battalions of technicians and researchers addressing the current “bugs” with all their might because the ones who solve the problems first will be the ones to benefit first. One such solution might, and probably will, deal with a not-so-new technology that has been keeping the world connected since the 1970s: fiber optics and fiber optic cables.
Until 5G-dedicated towers become widespread, the following steps either are or may be utilized to aid in the proliferation of the new technology.
- First, currently many towers are being fitted with 5G radio transmitters to allow 5G signals to be transmitted from existing structures.
- Second, especially for long distances, fiber optic cables have plenty of room for the new traffic and will allow time for 5G tower construction to spread over a number of years.
- Third, those good old R&D techs are sure to come up with some additional solutions to the conundrum of 5G transmission.
Get On Board or Get Out of the Way!
I am sure other kinks will be worked out along this journey into the future – kinks I haven’t mentioned and that maybe haven’t even been confronted yet. But rest assured, those kinks, every one of them, will be addressed and will be conquered. Better minds than mine are convinced of it and are exerting every effort to pave the way.
Some estimates indicate that by 2025, as much as 47% of the United States may be 5G capable, and that figure may actually be low. Time will tell.
It will affect your life. It probably already has and it unquestioningly will end up in the palm of your hand. So be prepared! Go ahead, click here to see the 5G cell phones that may be available to you right now!