The 5G future is coming in and fast. A good number of mobile networks globally are already testing their networks and 2019 is expected to see the launch of a good number of 5G enabled smartphones so yeah, 5G is here!
As is the case with any new technology, 5G is still shrouded with a lot of uncertainty. Already 4G LTE, it’s predecessor is quite doing well. True, many people are starting to understand just how big of a deal 5G is, but people still have questions. One of the main ones we get every day is; will 5G replace WiFi?
Speed: Mobile 5G vs WiFi?
5G has a download speed of more than 1Gb per second.
You’ll often hear of 5G WiFi which shouldn’t be confused with mobile 5G, the successor to 4G LTE. The former refers to WiFi on the 5GHz frequency band. You have to know that WiFi operates on 2.4GHz(802.11 a/b/g/n), 5Ghz(802.11 ac) and 60GHz(802.11 ad).
5G devices aren’t quite prevalent in the market just yet
5G is owned and operated by Carriers
5G technology will be owned and operated by Operators. That means it’s expensive and proprietary technology only networks with big bucks understand. You won’t be able to build/buy your own 5G base station. The 5G connection you get will be to the Internet – not to your own private office or home LAN.
WiFi-specific functions aren’t compatible with cellular networks
5G won’t allow access to private servers, NAS appliances,
WiFi with all
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Organizations with corporate Wireless LAN can police and secure their network and users access/behaviour enforced by the organization to ensure data security – but 5G connected devices cannot offer this level of scrutiny and management.
In conclusion, most industry experts predict WiFi and 5G will co-exist for a long time to come and that’s what we think is going to happen.