The introduction of the 5G mobile network will revolutionise the way in which we use our mobile devices. However, the increase in speed will also cause some problems for the existing infrastructure. Alex Mayne takes a look at what this means for jobs in this area.
5G is the next generation of mobile network which is reported to be able to achieve 800Gbps – the equivalent of downloading 33 HD films in just 1 second. So this purports the question “what does this mean, and how is it going to affect us?” The most obvious result of this new found speed is no more buffering (as long as you have some amount of signal) so your apps will no longer stall, your videos will load, and you won’t have to eternally stare at the rotating buffering sign. However, all of this new found speed will result in a few issues.
The issues with 5G
Faster speeds will allow for much larger files to be transferred; which in turn will call for an increase in capacity in order to cope with their total sizes. An expansion in capacity is also going to be required due to the steady emergence of more and more devices being connected – see our article on ‘the internet of things‘.
Another potential problem will be the availability of spectrum. This is reminiscent of the problems with the deployment of the 4G spectrum auction carried out by Ofcom. The radio waves used were that from the digital switchover of the television networks. The management and organisation of the prospective network spectrum in addition with the current military, maritime, aeronautical, television, radio, 2G, 3G, and 4G is going to be quite complicated to sort out.
What does this mean for the technology job market?
What this means for the overall job market is that mobile engineers with experience, understanding and appreciation of 5G, and its differences when compared to the previous generations of mobile data, are going to be highly sought after and in high demand.