European countries are seeking to become a global fifth-generation (5G) mobile network development leaders: such an objective has been published in Munich (Germany), in the “5G” Europe conference. It is planned that the 5G networks will begin its commercial services in 2020.
Late last year, the European Commission set up an association called 5G Public-Private Partnership Association (5GPPP), which will accelerate the next generation mobile communications standards development and deployment process.
It is reported that the preparatory work to prepare for the 5G communication services will begin in 2015 and in the 2017′s will begin a large-scale experimental testing of the 5G networks. Developing 5G connectivity standards are actively involved the Chinese network equipment maker Huawei and this companies expect to see a commercial 5G phone usage to start in 2020. This term is equivalent to 10 years of new mobile technologies cycle.
Theoretically 5G networks should provide up to 10 or 20 Gbps data transfer rate. The current 4G (LTE) wireless technology provides maximum speed of, theoretically 326.4 Mbps throughput, however in real terms the data transfer rate is much lower.
5G networks not only provide higher data transfer rate, but also offer a variety of other benefits. These include loss of signal delay, increased data security, reduced energy consumption, lower overall operating costs. It is predicted that 4G networks will become more popular than 3G networks around the year 2020.