The introduction of 4G by Maxis in 2013 may have just been a few years ago, but a new, improved version is already ready to be rolled out. When will it arrive at Malaysian shores? As it turns out, we may not have to wait very long at all!
Talks about 5G has been circulating since three years ago. Now, with mobile chip makers announcing debut of 5G-ready chips by 2019, 5G seems ready to be introduced to the world. American markets are scheduled to receive 5G-compatible smartphones by early 2019, and Verizon has already launched a 5G variant home-internet service.
5G in Malaysia
We’re actually not that far behind: Malaysia already has 5G! But don’t rush out to look for new 5G packages right now. Last month marked the starting point of 5G testing in Malaysia, and Putrajaya and Cyberjaya were chosen as the test beds. The trial will last for one year to explore “practical uses and modes of implementation” of this new development.
In the meantime, Maxis is gearing up to push 5G into the Malaysian market, with on-going trails in their labs, commercial trials in 2019, and implementation circa 2020. Xiddig Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd also announced that its Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) project, due for completion in November 2019, will also bring 5G technology at super-competitive prices per Gbps (yes, no longer per Mbps!).
Benefits of 5G
As data-hungry consumers, we are most concerned about speed and value for data, and it’s great to know that 5G will be able to address the former. In fact, 5G connection is touted to be 10 times faster than 4G. This is the same speed leap that 4G had over its predecessor, 3G.
5G is able to handle hundreds of thousands of devices per square kilometre, although the expectation is that it can handle 1,000,000 devices. In contrast, current 4G technology can only handle around handle 2,000 devices per square kilometre.
5G will have an extremely low latency count of 1ms. Finally, we have reached a point where our technology can react faster than our human minds. Will this make autonomous technology like driverless cars more safe? Only time will tell, but the future looks promising.
Of course, some more things have to work before 5G can achieve its peak performance. We need affordable devices that can support 5G, a new spectrum for 5G, and a standardisation for 5G, which is currently in the works. Several device manufacturers have also announced 5G-compatible smartphones starting 2019, so that’s one more hurdle being crossed!
The digital world is constantly involving and improving, and 5G technology will probably play a big role in it for the next few years. It’s one more thing to look forward to in 2019!