"5G is coming!"
More exactly, the project is well advanced and has come out of the box. But the 5G network doesn't exist yet. For now, and for many years, a 4G amplifier continues to be the solution to correctly re-amplify mobile data and VoLTE in your space when the mobile network does not work. This article takes stock.
- 1. What is 5G?
- 2. Is it still relevant to buy a 4G amplifier now?
- 3. How do I choose the right 4G, 3G or GSM amplifier for me?
1. What is 5G?
5G is the acronym for "fifth generation network" of mobile telephony.
First was the Radio, Born in the 60s, extremely expensive and therefore reserved for certain professionals or emergency services. Then came GSM (for voice and some data at reduced speed), which made up the 2nd generation of mobile telephony. This 2G has allowed a true democratization of the mobile phone, which has finally become accessible.
Very quickly, 3G (3rd generation) took hold, with the parallel development of fixed Internet in homes. Now it is possible to consult the Internet on a mobile phone at an acceptable speed. With the exponential development of the Internet, and services more specifically intended for consultation on mobile devices (phones, smartphones, tablets, etc.), the need for Internet speed has increased considerably.
Therefore, a fourth generation has been developed: the mobile 4G network . Data throughput has increased dramatically and it is now possible to stream a movie on a recent smartphone (although this is not entirely true everywhere). With the latest development of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution), new services have appeared, such as VoLTE, which allows you to make calls over Internet traffic, just like WhatsApp calls. It is the same principle as VoIP: the voice goes over the Internet. The sound of calls is much better and connections are made faster.
And now we are beginning to hear about 5G, as, as you will understand, it is the fifth generation of mobile networks. This network, in any case on paper, is full of promises: ultra-fast speeds that would allow you to download a movie in UHD or 4K in just a few seconds, new opportunities for convergence with the Internet of Things) ... to name only the best-selling items. But as with 4G a few years ago, several years passed between the first announcements and the actual rollout of the network! In fact, this implementation is not yet complete in many places.
2. Buying a 4G amplifier now, is it still interesting?
The 4G amplifier has many years ahead of it. The 5G network is currently in the standard setting phase. While every manufacturer of equipment intended for telephone operators (for transmitting antennas) is pushing to impose its standard, only minimum standards of interoperability have been established. This does not prevent that in several European countries, frequency bands (in particular for the 3.5 GHz band) have already been auctioned and bought by operators eager to ensure their commercial advancement against the competition, and to train their teams.
What services will it offer? What will be the real speed that your infrastructure will be able to support (and therefore offer to your subscribers)? How will the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile telephony merge? Very intelligent the one who can already answer these questions. And even if smartphone manufacturers are starting to sell 5G-compatible phones, these devices can only connect at best to the 4G LTE network as there is simply no 5G network.
At best, the 5G network will come into existence in 2022, hopefully. Therefore, the purchase of a 4G booster now remains perfectly consistent and realistic: in 2021, only the 4G network remains functional for high-speed mobile Internet. After the start of 5G (in the best case in 2022), it will still take a while for everyone to benefit from it, especially those who live in areas with little or no urbanization.
In any case, the networks will coexist for a long time, since today, 2G GSM and 3G and 4G data networks coexist perfectly to meet different needs. In short, buy a 4G amplifier today and enjoy it for at least the next 10 years.
3. How do I choose the right 4G, 3G or GSM amplifier for me?
Depending on your operator, the frequency band of a 4G amplifier may vary. The different 4G amplifier kits are listed below for your convenience.
- €599.00 €749.00
- €389.00 €449.00
- €1,199.00 €1,749.00
- €795.00 €895.00
- €199.00 €249.00
IT'S GOOD TO KNOW
If you live near the borders, keep in mind that in some countries the operators use the 1800 MHz band to transport 4G.
In the rest of Europe (including Switzerland), operators mainly use the 800 MHz band for the 4G mobile Internet signal.
So if you need to choose a 4G booster that works in all circumstances, choose a tri-band mobile signal booster.
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