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Broadband internet vs 5G

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Since the beginning of time, we as the most intelligent of all living species have been trying to update and innovate. We wanted a better living, better food, higher communication and connectivity options, faster speeds and optimisation to the extent that we don’t have to lose a minute’s sleep. With rapid advancements in technology, we’ve experienced brilliant new tech that has definitely made our lives easier. It’s the era of high-speed internet, and hiccup-free services, whether one sits at home or at a workplace. We don’t want to make any compromises when it comes to having the best that’s available in the market. Tech companies and the information technology industry is striving to give options and bring optimum solutions to the market for all their consumers.

5G is the newest in this realm, promising reliability, security and improvements in the speed division that we never thought were possible. Comparing it with your old broadband connection seems unreal at the moment and it probably is so because 5G will need to develop more before complete implementation. However, we have tried to look at a few pros and cons of both to give you an idea of what to expect when the time comes to decide among the two.

Ease of connectivity

A good broadband connection promises high speeds; the amazing 4G LTE and to be honest, this does work wonders. However, stop for a moment and let’s try to realise what it really means. There are loads and loads of cables that are coming from an outside telephone pole and entering your home space maybe through the basement. Then there are the cable boxes, scattered all around with wires going in and out at different junctions; and then there is drilling to hide cables. This is the era of connected devices so considering those, you normally experience that there are speed issues, connectivity problems when different devices are working at one time. 5G promises to give higher speeds than those of broadband without the hassle of so many cables snaking throughout your place because of the wireless promise. Cutting the cord would finally mean that you get to fly absolutely free.

Smaller space requirements

We’ve seen technology becoming concise and more precise with time. Where we used to have supercomputers that took up space inside a big hall, we now have hand-held devices, which do the job more efficiently. This is the same promise that 5G brings to us; no more reliance on large towers, spread at definite distances to give better signal coverage for broadband. With small cell technology, 5G will use higher frequencies for connectivity. The only problem with this is the fact that higher frequencies don’t travel as far as lower ones. Consider the example of running and walking; both cover distance but with walking, you can cover more area at ends without completely exhausting resources. Installation of small set boxes will be necessary to generate different frequencies so that the signals are carried-out properly. This may pose problems in real-time but 5G providers will have to come forward with solutions.

Size DOES matter!

This may sound funny but what it really means is that with 5G, you will be able to get the connectivity issue resolved by installing the above-mentioned cells on already available public structures. They can be high streetlights and other such infrastructures. There will be less towering figures, making the cities look aesthetically better as well. With the option of putting smaller devices, you can generate higher speed and flexible communication because of the reduced distance between one transfer point and another. Broadband, on the other hand, gives better access to one institution or building. You don’t have to create different points on various floors. One wire connects the whole building. 5G is supposed to make your broadband wireless, with higher connectivity in every sense. Speed is the most wanted element so customers are going to float away from broadband if 5G can get rid of such physical issues.

Better mobility/No latency

Don’t we all want a life without delays? Nothing would feel better than pointing at things and then instantly getting them done. That is also the promise of IoTs. With a flick of a switch, everything starts running smoothly and at its optimum. 5G promises to bring you connections that will never feel the paralysis that occurs with broadband sometimes. There will be no delays for gamers and video freaks. The information is not only accessible but it also gets to you instantly. No troubles of waiting for repairs or your cable guy to check for incompetency or damages. You get to have non-stop connectivity at speeds that’ll blow your mind.

Expensive costs: Is it worth it?

Yes, 5G is no doubt a wonderful invention but there is always a catch to most things in this world. The pricing is not yet confirmed by any of the providers so we are still in the dark as to what we’re supposed to expect. Since every technology that appears in the market is a little more costly than its predecessors, you can imagine that 5G may do the same. You may be in for disappointments price wise but since we’re so in love with new, faster devices and gadgets, I’m guessing we may be willing to invest in 5G for all of its promises. We love acquiring the best that is out there in terms of technology.

All our mobile devices may end up benefiting the most from 5G as the adaptation that is happening in the Android and smartphone market is extremely fast. Your phones will work in a way that you haven’t experienced yet. Another plus that goes in favour of 5G is that it is the ultimate solution for the AI, VR and AR era that is set down on us. With more focus on a digital life and with platforms that are promoting the digital footprints over the physical reality, faster and stronger connectivity is the only answer. From extreme download speed with no time lags and remote accessibility becoming ‘the’ thing to look forward to, we expect nothing short of miracles; and we just might get them as well. There is although the restriction in terms of time and complimenting devices that will be required for 5G to completely take over broadband internet.

Nathan John, Content Editor, Frontier internet
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Nathan John works as a content editor at AT&T internet. He works for various cable tv companies and has nine years of experience.