Australian residents should be prepared to enjoy 5G network come 2020 courtesy of Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) according to Chief Technology Officer, Benoit Hanssen. Australia is noted to be one of the first countries, which will embrace this next generation mobile connectivity. Hanssen noted that Australia has a good track record when it comes to adoption of technology and specifically pointed out to how Australia adopted smartphones and 4G LTE.
Talks having been floating about the performance of 5G; various governments have theories about the expected speed of 5G though the results have not been consistent. British scientists, for instance, have theorized the speed to reach one terabyte per second. With this kind of speed nearly, everything will be downloadable within a couple of seconds. Despite the speed, Germany, Japan, U.K, Korea and U.S all expect speed of over 1 Gbps to be commercially available by 2020.
Johan Wibergh, Vodafone’s Group Technology Officer, said that they cannot be sure about the speed which 5G will provide. He stated that they needed more spectrums so that they get higher speed. He also noted that release of the spectrum is being negotiated globally.
The International Telecommunication Union was the first to bring about the motion of 5G by 2020 though Hanssen noted that you have to give or take a year. According to him, currently 70% of Vodafone customers are using 4G, and he expects this number to continue growing and reach about 90% by the end of 2016.
Vodafone recently struck a deal with TPG- Telecommunication Service providers to extend their fiber network. This is considered as setting the perfect platform for roll out of 5G.
The rollout of 5G is still expected to face a couple of challenges; this includes in both developed nations and developing nations. For developed countries, lack of sufficient available spectrum is the major issue while for developing countries the lack of 3G and 4G LTE make 5G to seam so distant.