Marc, refresh us on what 5G Technology actually is..
5G Technology, or 5th Generation Technology refers to industry standards for future significant improvements of cellular wireless networks and mobile devices. Most of us remember just a few years ago when downloading a file over a wireless network from a mobile phone was a painfully slow experience. Today in early 2019 on mostly 4G wireless networks and 4G mobile devices, the download speed is much improved. 5G Technology will take wireless networks and mobile devices to a new level allowing much faster download and upload speeds, much greater capacity, and higher reliability than today’s networks and devices.
What are the end use benefits to both the retail and enterprise user?
When 5G wireless networks and 5G mobile devices are eventually deployed, end users will benefit from this advancement. For example, downloading and streaming high resolution gaming or entertainment video will become more popular because the experience will be higher quality and more realistic than what is available today. All industries will also be revolutionized by 5G because business stakeholders will be able to communicate with each other, and they will be able to monitor and change business processes remotely, far more efficiently and effectively than they can today.
When will it realistically be deployed?
You have likely heard in the news that 5G trials are in progress now. Wireless network carriers have invested in 5G testing and in wireless spectrum with the goal of getting to market as soon as possible. We will see some limited wireless network deployments, and some “5G ready” mobile device launches in 2019 in the United States. Some of the early 5G devices that are coming available are wireless internet hubs rather than mobile phones, but mobile phones will certainly be launched too as 5G mobile device components become more available and less expensive. In 2020 and beyond, we will see 5G more fully deployed in the US. Elsewhere, in Canada and in Latin America, most wireless carriers are expecting to begin launching in 2020 and beyond. But rest assured that our mobile phones that we all use today (mostly 4G) will not become obsolete any time soon. Some industry studies suggest that in the year 2025, 5G won’t yet account for even half of devices operating on wireless networks.
What is the infrastructure that is required before it becomes mainstream for both retail and enterprise?
Wireless network carriers must update some of their hardware and software at each cellular tower site, and at their central controller (or ‘core’) locations. This takes a lot of time, expertise, and money. So we should expect 5G to be deployed in stages regionally, similar to how wireless network upgrades were deployed in previous years.
How will Siyata’s 5G product benefit customers?
Clearly the main added value on our next generation 5G device will be faster data speeds and a stronger Qualcomm processor which will allow us to run certain applications that need this speed and processing power. As the wireless carriers roll out 5G they will always be looking to upgrade their 3G and 4G devices to 5G and we want to assure that we are ready for this evolution. In this manner we will assure that we continue to lead the commercial vehicle smartphone market both in North America and globally.
Disclosure: Siyata Mobile is a client of Cantech Letter