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WILL WIRELESS NETWORKS REPLACE WIRE BROADBAND NETWORKS?

As 5G is claimed to be the next generation of wireless networking technology, and promises to deliver ultra-fast speed and responsiveness to connect everything around us without interruption, is wireless network really going to replace the use of Connect Broadband Plans?

5G promises cellular networks that can accommodate widespread implementation of Internet of Things and is claimed to work 200 times faster than their current 4G network. This speed could compete with wired broadband, but there are many reasons that 5G won’t replace fiber and copper cable anytime soon.

A few reasons, due to which the wireless networks won’t be replacing broadband networks anytime soon, are:

  • Coverage:

A well-designed broadband network ensures Wi-Fi coverage everywhere in the homes or offices and even below the ground level. Wireless networks can offer that degree of service by adding a small cell or distributed antenna systems only implying, lesser coverage.

Due to the higher frequencies used in 5G applications; it has difficulty penetrating solid objects such as walls, buildings and windows.

  • Speed:

In terms of speed, it is promised that this network will support significant improvements compared to the speed provided by 4G. But in real-world applications, the exact capabilities are yet unknown.

The speeds are being affected by coverage, signal quality and how many people are using the network at once.

Speeds might also not be fully realized, as some users do not have the smartphones to exploit the full benefits of the wireless networks.

  • Wave length:

The wave length of the carrier signal in 5G networks is smaller, meaning that towers have to be closer together. Depending on the density of the surrounding buildings, to get decent coverage, we will need towers 500 MR apart.

To handle the size of the wavelength, they have to split the underlying level into 5 separate levels. Due to this, the surroundings are becoming hard to secure.

  • Rural connectivity:

5G is gaining popularity, and it does have the potential to reach the rural areas before the fiber network, which would mean that the home owners and businesses in the rural areas, could take advantage of smart devices and home automation. This might help in taking the pressure off of internet service providers to lay cable in rural areas.

But still it is safe to say that wired internet is not going anywhere as of now.

  • Quality of connection:

Can a broadband user with a 10 Mbps wireless connection do the same things as a user with a 10 Mbps wire line connection?

Well, one can say that for most of the part, the two connections can do the same things. But if the quality of connections is to be considered, it is safe to say that the broadband user will have better quality than the user of wireless connection.

  • Performance differences:

Do you think that there is a difference in the performance between wireless and wire line in terms of latency?

One can say that there are minor variations in latency on mobile networks, so wired tends to be more consistent, when it is working.

  • Security and service flexibility:

When comparing the broadband services and the wireless services, broadband is considered as a more secure for direct peer-to-peer file transfer or sharing and communications. Businesses have established secure Wi-Fi for local area network integration. To convince these users to switch to wireless or a cellular network, could bring challenges as they consider opting for broadband networks.

Delivery of Wi-Fi in different areas is quite flexible. Customers can purchase these or get these delivered to homes or offices via fiber and coaxial cables. Customers can also get it as free amenity in hotels and restaurants.

But, while using wireless or cellular networks, subscription and service models are the only options.

On the whole, 5G is an expensive and time-consuming technology to implement. Many service providers are eager to bring this networking connectivity to the market, but due to all the major technological implementations, it might take a while before everyone starts using the super-fast network at an affordable price.

Many experts are of the view that 5G mobile will not be a replacement of broadband networks; in fact it will take a complementary position. The cost of deploying and maintaining mobile networks implies that we will still need the Connect Broadband Plans to ensure the running of a national network of ‘wired’ broadband.

Author Bio:  Gurwinder Singh is an editor and works at Connect Broadband Chandigarh Online. He loves

to write on Internet Services and Broadband Connection. Connect Broadband Chandigarh offers

fast, reliable and affordable broadband connection.

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