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What is 5G?

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What we know about the connectivity that will follow 4G.

It needs to be energy efficient so that devices using it can survive on batteries for a large amount of time without being recharged.

The energy efficiency may come from what is called lean design, which will mean that components are switched off when they are not transmitting data.

Due to the lower wave-length, 5G may also be reliant on small cell technology to boost the signal, including femtocells and picocells, which have so far not seen huge adoption.

With 4G, the world united behind a single standardisation track, giving the mandate to 3GP to proceed.

5G is still some way off, so expect 4G to prevail for a while.

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