Telecom operators have finally green-lit 5G services in India after years of waiting and waiting. 5G, which is currently being rolled out in phases to every major city, offers immense benefits such as ultra-high internet speed, streaming seamless 4K videos, low-latency cloud gaming and more. But is 5G something that the average internet user should care about, especially in the current situation? To answer that question, this article walks you through some 5G use cases that will help you understand whether next-generation cellular connectivity is right for your usage. We have also mentioned several reasons why you can use 4G for now.
What are the different use cases of 5G?
With 5G services finally being rolled out in India by telecom operators, you will be interested to know the benefits it offers in daily life as well as its different use cases. Following are the various scenarios where 5G can be used.
Live sporting events
5G will significantly improve the way we watch and enjoy live matches by introducing multiple camera angles to watch sporting events like cricket and football. 5G’s super-fast speed and ultra-low latency makes it possible to handle multiple live feeds from a match, that too with minimal buffering. Apart from that, viewers can interact with the live stream by viewing details related to the live match such as player statistics, team records, weather conditions and more without leaving the streaming app.
5G can bring some huge improvements in how students are taught in schools by making education more engaging and immersive through the use of AR and VR technologies. Students can view and understand complex concepts directly in an AR environment, and possibly even interact with the material. Although such education material and hardware resources have to be developed from scratch in a timely manner, it can become an opportunity to improve education for good. Such applications may require seamless and ultra-fast internet connectivity and 5G will come into play with its accessible nature to provide high internet speeds even in remote locations which is not possible with 4G.
Moreover, the incredible growth of digitization during the pandemic will only improve with 5G and make remote learning more accessible than ever before. Online classes and conferences can see huge upgrades in terms of sound and picture quality with less lags and no buffers thanks to 5G’s ultra-low latency capabilities.
Holographic communication, which we have seen in movies till now, will soon become a reality. For the uninitiated, a hologram is a way of projecting yourself to another place without actually being there. With the help of sensors and other key hardware, a live representation of a person is transmitted to the destination through a reliable and low-latency network such as 5G. Holographic communication can be implemented in organizations to provide specific information at the same time to different groups of people set in different locations. Or it is widely used in the education sector to simulate the presence of a teacher in real-time.
One of the biggest 5G use cases Cloud gaming. Regardless of the device, the user can play high-end games even in 4K resolution with the help of 5G. In cloud gaming all rendering of resources and graphics is done over the network, which is seeded to the player’s device unlike traditional gaming, which requires you to have spec-loaded hardware. This can only be achieved with high bandwidth networks like 5G, which can deliver enormous amounts of data in a very short period of time. Also, as cloud gaming becomes more popular, casual gamers will not need to invest in high-end machines as a specific gaming subscription will be enough to get access to a vast portfolio of games.
Improvements to health care
The implementation of 5G in the health sector can make life and death more efficient than ever before. For example on the way to the hospital in case of emergency, the ambulance can be packed with advanced and connected technologies, through which doctors can see the patient’s wounds or injuries in high-res video quality over the 5G network. Accordingly, physicians may instruct staff to repair and control injuries until the patient is admitted to the hospital. Similarly, doctors can provide home consultations over fast and buffer-free 5G internet by looking up symptoms and providing prescriptions for them. 5G will also help in the seamless storage of large amounts of patient data and files in cloud storage, which can be accessed from anywhere anytime. Medical schools and universities can provide immersive learning to students with the help of AR and VR technologies by demonstrating complex concepts.
Why should you stick to 4G for now?
Certainly the use cases and benefits of 5G are immense but is it worth using in its early stages? Well, not because of the current lack of implementations in various applications and industries. So here are some reasons why I will continue to use 4G for now until there is a big breakthrough in 5G technology.
5G has limited availability
Telecom operators like Jio and Airtel have rolled out their respective 5G services in some cities in India, but the actual 5G availability is still limited if you are in certain cities. This is because 5G towers are not yet widely deployed and are primarily installed in public places like metro stations, shopping malls, etc. So if you’re not excited about using 5G right away, turn to 4G. Time, enough.
5G speeds are not stable yet
You may have seen all the claims that 5G will deliver the next generation high-speed internet that is 10 to 20 times faster than 4G for various activities but the reality is far from that. This is because the network infrastructure is not a factor to sustain a large number of internet users at the same time, resulting in reduced download and upload speeds. Similarly, in one location you may get blazing fast speeds, while in other areas the internet will perform worse than 4G. These variations in speed can be addressed by improving the overall infrastructure and installing the necessary hardware where needed.
5G is a battery hogger
Regarding the previous point, 5G can become a battery hog if you use it extensively for a sustained period of time. 5G uses larger packets of data to deliver higher speeds than 4G, which consumes a lot of power, resulting in a device’s battery taking a huge hit. At the same time, you may also feel that the device heats up a little and more when using 5G outside in the scorching sun. Otherwise, if there is poor 5G coverage, the phone may always search for the nearest 5G network, resulting in battery drain. Although 4G is not as fast as 5G, the device manages to stay at normal temperatures and does not drain the battery much even during long usage.
5G consumes data in an instant
In the current stages of 5G, telecom operators like Jio and Airtel are offering unlimited 5G data to those using the network. However, this may not be the case as operators will announce and release dedicated 5G plans for their subscribers. Looking at the current 4G plans, most of the plans come with at least 1GB or 2GB of daily internet data, which is enough for regular users who stream a limited amount of videos. 5G, on the other hand, not only downloads or streams 4K videos and movies, but also consumes 1GB of data running an internet speed test. Operators need to see how much daily internet data they provide with their 5G plans and whether it is sufficient for various internet activities.