The technology industry is still in the early days of its transition to 5G networks, and it will take time before there is a full-fledged 5G experience, according to industry experts.
But experts say the benefits of 5G are already clear.
“The potential for 5G in our industry is tremendous,” said Nick Goggin, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Technology Sydney.
“5G is going to enable more people to do things like video conferencing, chat, video calls, and much more.”
For example, Gogin says the world of 5Gs is poised to be a lot more exciting than the one where 3G was the norm, when mobile broadband was still a niche activity.
“What we’re seeing is the ability of people to make the transition from 3G to 5Gs, and that means a much bigger chunk of the population will be able to use their mobile phones as they did a decade ago,” he said.
Goggin said there are two main ways that 5G is poised for disruption: from a new mobile operating system to new technologies like voice and video.
For instance, Google is working on an Android version that will run on smartphones and tablets.
And Microsoft is also developing a Windows 10 version for smartphones and laptops.
“They’re basically pushing a new operating system on devices that we can’t even imagine today,” said Gogins associate professor David Akerlof.
“But what they’re doing is putting a new version of the operating system in the form of a mobile operating platform, and they’re trying to put a new hardware platform into the hands of customers.”
There are also new ways for people to interact with their mobile devices.
For instance, the internet is now the default mode of communication for the majority of smartphone users.
In 2020, this will be true for smartphones as well as tablets.
But the transition will not be smooth.
Goglins research found that smartphone adoption was slow for the first six months of 2020.
In fact, smartphone adoption fell from 81 per cent to 63 per cent over the same period.
The next year, the market share for smartphones is expected to increase to nearly 60 per cent, but a combination of factors is making it difficult for users to get the most out of their mobile data plans.
“If you think about how much data people use on their mobile, it’s very low,” said Akerlis.
“So it’s going to be difficult for the mobile network to provide as much data as they need.”
While 4G mobile networks have been gaining ground in the last decade, 5G will provide faster speeds and better data services.
“It’s not just about how fast the data is, it is about how the data can be distributed across the network,” said Dr Anand Swamy, a technology industry analyst at IDC.
“And we’re looking at a much better mobile experience in which data and apps will have much more influence.”
While the cost of data plans will remain low, there are some changes expected to help reduce the costs of 5GS.
For example, 5Gs data plans have already been rolled out to businesses and households.
And the next wave of 5GP plans will see more data roaming options.
In 2018, the Federal Government announced that people who already had 4G plans would be able turn their existing plans into 5G plans.
However, the roll-out is still ongoing and it is not yet clear when and how many businesses and consumers will be eligible for 5GP.
And if you’re thinking about switching to a new 5GP plan, Gogs advice is to make sure you understand the new rules before you sign up.
“Don’t be confused by the different plans.
There are different rules for each plan, so the same rules apply for each one,” said Swamy.”
Be prepared for a few surprises.”