What is the next mobile communication?

Mobile communication technology is evolving day by day and has become a must-have for everyone. From 1G to 4G with such technologies behind phenomenal growth and important developments along the way, we are wondering what the next mobile communication is.

InApps will help you obtain a full understanding of mobile communication through stages and give you the answer for your question above.


Mobile communication history

The first commercial analogue mobile network – 1G – rolled out in the US in 1983. It enabled mobile phone the size of a brick which could only make and receive calls.

Then, 2G technology came in 1991. It was a digital network which added better security and text messaging through SMS.

Ten years later, 3G networks rolled out. It provided a revolution in technological advancement in terms of mobile email, internet, GPS and multimedia messaging. During the 3G era, two of the most iconic devices of our time were launched:

  • The Blackberry 6210 in 2003, which provided wireless email, phone and SMS.
  • The iPhone and Apps, in 2007, which launched the smartphone era.

Shortly after that, the unveiling of 4G occurred in 2009. Its network speeded up to ten times faster than 3G, ushering in the video and data era.

4G – An App led revolution for the consumer

With the smartphone and IOS/Android providing the platform, the leap in 4G technology enabled the mobile ecosystem to flourish. We have benefitted greatly from the launch of new App-based technology as consumers. Mobile-centric services such as: Uber, Spotify, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter have become embedded in our daily lives. Netflix, Facebook and YouTube have all experienced explosive mobile growth, which have allowed us to be entertained and connected wherever we go.

Back in 2009, few people would have appreciated how much progress, change, disruption and wealth, the creation of 4G would enable.


4G has changed the human habits on the Internet. Nowadays, one minute of time in the vast scale of the Internet goes much further than one minute of your life. That is because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operate on.

5G – A Device led revolution for Industry

All eyes are now on 5G networks. 5G has been currently in the testing phase and likely rolled out commercially in the next few years. 5G is all about connectedness. It relies on a network capability of handling massive amounts of real time data being transmitted from billions connected devices and sensors. Hence, the expectation for its impact is to speed up ten times greater than 4G and significantly shorter delay before transferring data (lower “latency”).

Higher speed and lower latency may be the catalysts for explosive growth in the use of connected devices and IoT.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

Fifth-generation technology may bring the ‘Internet of Things’ to become faster and more reliable communication. The potential applications are vast:

  • Autonomous driving and connected vehicles – cars that can communicate with smart traffic signs, surrounding objects, other vehicles and emergency services.
  • Smart Home – appliances that are connected and can be accessed from remote locations.
  • Industrial equipment – remote monitoring of equipment, predictive maintenance, safety, process tracking and energy management.
  • Healthcare and mission critical devices and services.
  • Security and surveillance.

These are just some of the areas already being discussed widely. The potential is tremendous. 5G could be the basis of a technological revolution for the industry, like 4G was for the consumers.


Is 5G the next mobile communication? Is 5G possible?

The answer is YES. 5G is projected to bring three main benefits:

  1. Faster speed
  2. Data transfer speeds are projected to be about 10 times higher with 5G than 4G.
  3. With 4G/LTE, downloading a high-definition movie might take about 10 minutes. With 5G, it should take less than a second.

When will 5G be available?

Samsung and Intel debuted 5G technology at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where it was used to stream live VR coverage of sporting events. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are continuing to develop and test 5G technology and expect 5G service to be available in some cities in the US. Access to 5G is expected to expand dramatically in 2019.

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