Zigurd's Guide to 5G

5G Hype and 5G Reality

5G is a new set of mobile wireless technical specifications that drive standards, for both phones and the telephone network. There has been a lot of news and trade press coverage of the 5G roll-out, and new 5G phones.

The theme many of these often suspiciously similar articles is that 5G is going to transform everything. Instead of the hype, here you can find what to expect in reality, what is wishful thinking on the part of the telecom industry, and why telecom service providers and equipment makers are promoting some unlikely fantasies.

While there is a lot of high quality information out there, much of it is either surrounded by hype, or, at best, cautiously worded when describing challenging, expensive, or dubious aspects of 5G.

Despite the hype, 5G will bring better mobile devices and a better mobile network. There are three main reasons 5G is better:

  • 5G introduces a new radio technology that makes more efficient use of radio spectrum
  • The network behind those radios will be faster and have lower latency
  • 5G enables using more of the radio spectrum

Here you will also find the reasons 5G will improve the mobile experience. A good place to start is to look at the 5G New Radio.

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About the Author

Zigurd Mednieks is a a technologist with decades of experience that includes speech recognition, user interface design, telecommunications systems for enterprises and infrastructure, mobile apps, sensors, digital radios, and other technologies. He has built and led engineering teams, defined and shepherded product creation in product management roles. He has authored top selling books, published by major technology publishers, on mobile software development that have been translated into several languages. You can find contact information for Zigurd at, of course, zigurd.com.