The hype around 5G is real. It is probably the most talked about technological update that nations will experience in 2019, 2020 and beyond. But what goes into developing a high quality 5G network?
One of the major changes with 5G is that it is operating at much higher frequencies compared to current wireless signals. It is capable of operating at frequencies ranging from 28 GHz to 38 GHz.
Such changes mean that devices such as the hybrid coupler must be able to handle the signals that are coming through in a 5G network. And there are many components of the network that must be operational before customers can enjoy the benefit of 5G.
The major concern with 5G is that it is not able to deliver the same range of a 4G tower. And that means there will be signal points that have to be established in and around major buildings in cities where millions of customers are trying to access the network.
4G and earlier networks were famous for having massive cell towers that could be dispersed far and wide. That is not possible with 5G. There will be lots of smaller cells that will make up the network.
It is fair to say that in a few years, we would be seeing antennas that are part of a 5G network almost everywhere we go. Office buildings, apartment complexes and some larger homes may require these antennas so that people inside are able to access the network at the best speed and latency.
One of the differences between 5G and previous upgrades is that demands have changed. It is not just about delivering fast internet to home and mobile users. With the internet of things, self driving cars and other technologies requiring a well-functioning 5G network, the flexibility of the network is more important than ever before.