The future of mobile networks is a hot topic of constant discussion and research. With the recent advancements made in recent years, the predictions which were made several years ago may well look like pipe dreams by the next decade. What we do know is that the mobile industry is moving from analog to digital and from micro to mega technology. We also know that this change will not only be great for users on the go, but will also have far reaching implications for businesses as well as consumers.
One of these implications is what the speed of wireless connections might be. At present, most mobile networks use data at a very slow rate of about 12 megabits per second. However, with the recent advances made in the technology, it is quite possible that the share rates may increase to 50 megabits per second, which would certainly bring mobile internet to new heights.
The other impact which may come to mind when thinking about the future of mobile networks is the use of unlimited talk time. Right now, mobile users pay for a certain amount of talk time every month. They may be able to use 5G data networks and also still remain under contract. This would obviously allow them to continue to have access to unlimited talk time.
Many experts believe that another impact will be the rise in mobile outsourcing. This refers to companies that would purchase surplus cell phone network capacity and sell it to smaller firms, usually for a much lower price than would be the case if such a large scale investment were made. It is estimated that by the end of the next decade there could be up to a million people using a single mobile network per person in the UK. This would translate into a rise of more than twelve percent to the gross domestic product of the country. This would obviously have a great impact on the economy. However, there is little evidence to suggest that this trend will materialise anytime soon.
One of the other concerns that many have relates to the use of data centers. Right now, there are very few data centers that can accommodate the needs of both smartphones and high speed mobile phones. The reality is that these centers simply do not have the space or the budget to accommodate these two needs at the same time. However, there is always the option of investing in new mobile phone technologies that will allow data centers to accommodate larger devices. This is something that is being done in the background as well as mobile technology improves.
One area where there has been a lot of discussion happens to be around the use of 5G mobile networks. The original specification was one which featured a maximum of 2.4 GHz speeds. This was not considered adequate for many users. Many users complained about slow speeds and inconsistent performance. The question then was how these would be remedied and how would such issues affect users?
The answer is that they would not. There is already enough bandwidth on the market at present for most uses and most mobile networks are already supporting this bandwidth on their existing network structure. In order to use the best possible specification for 5G technology the best thing would be to upgrade to the newer 5G technology. This will allow the network to be able to support the use cases that are associated with the new technology.
One of the major concerns with regard to 5G has been the impact on latency and the general efficiency of the mobile network. Right now, it looks like the speculations regarding latency will remain mostly unproven. However, it is important to note that as 5G gets developed there will be an increasing focus on this topic. Right now it appears that latency will remain a special issue to be addressed when it comes to a certain spec. Users will have to wait to see what happens. Until then, users are advised to keep an eye out for any adverse changes to this area of their mobile device.