Transitioning to the 5G network

The second webinar in our Distrelec webinar series is in association with KEMET and covers everything you need to know to get started with 5G – watch the full recap here.

The highly anticipated 5G broadband service is set to revolutionise the way we look at data and connectivity.

Promising incredible speeds, almost non-existent lag and the ability to transfer vast amounts of data across our devices, it’s only a matter of time before the technology is adopted across a range of industries and sectors.

Covering all the basic info you need to understand and work with 5G, Nick Stephen, Technical Marketing Engineer at KEMET Electronics, discusses how industry will transition to the 5G network.

For anyone curious about 5G, whether in a work context or out of personal curiosity, the webinar covers a general explanation of 5G, key differences between 4G and 5G, the challenges associated with the transition, and how engineers can experiment with the new network with the help of KEMET.

Questions and Answers

  1. When are data towers expected to be ready for the 5G data transitioning?5G doesn’t necessarily require new data towers. There will be a need for many miniature cell phone towers under these large centralised towers. It will take a couple of years to implement these due to costs and security challenges.
  2. When is 4G expected to be completely phased out to make way for 5G?Many companies have already launched 5G services in 2018, but they are not significant yet. 4G was released in 2010, but the ground-breaking apps such as Uber, Snapchat, Netflix, etc., only came years after the announcement. 5G is an investment for the future and it will take a couple of years to understand the full potential.
  3. What industries are likely to take leadership in the transitioning to 5G process?Cell phone and telecommunications due to faster data relaying and faster communications abilities.
  4. In which industries are KEMET’s 5G products used most – recently and in the future?We have many products in the telecommunications and automotive industry.
  5. When is the rollout of 5G expected to be at a point where it is used more than 4G?5G is an investment for the future and it will take a couple years to understand the full potential!
  6. What is the technology behind 5G and its impact? 
    • 5G data towers
    • Next generation data networks/stations/broadband operators
    • High-speed data transition services
    • High-speed heat resistant components
    • Reliable high RF noise suppression components
    • Sophisticated data protection software
    • Telecommunication
    • Wireless technology
  7. How fast will 5G be? 
    • Expected 20 times faster download gigabit speeds vs 4G
    • Single milliseconds data transfer speeds
    • IoT – expected 20.4 billion ‘things’ to be connected by 2020
  8. What will 5G be used for? (industry and applications)Digitalisation of industries (agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, etc.)
  9. What are examples of 5G components and why? 
    • High-speed heat-resistant components
    • Reliable high RF noise suppression components
    • Wireless data transition components like RF antenna or sensors
    • Sophisticated data protection software components
  10. Where can I find additional resources on 5G?  
  11. Are there risks to our health e.g. cancer as a result of the increased radiation?This is a controversial topic. The effects of 5G, radiation, and public health have yet to undergo long-term testing. The new 5G technology utilises higher frequency MMW bands, which give off the same dose of radiation as airport scanners.
  12. Does 5G require more equipment vs 4G to support the same number of users?With 4G we only have few large centralised data centres. The new 5G networks will have thousands of new micro data centres under these large centralised data centres. Many new technologies will also be implemented with 5G such as:
    • Small cells
    • Millimetre waves
    • Multiple-input multiple-output antennas (MIMOs)
    • Beamforming
    • Full duplex
  13. Can pyroelectric sensors for short distance be applied to robot as a safety feature?The application ideas for our pyro sensors are endless. Read more about proximity sensor here.

For more information on 5G, check out KEMET’s informative whitepaper.

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