With much speculations going around about the 5G, the leading name in the field of technology Qualcomm recently announced its first 5G Antennas. Well folks, speaking practically the 5G is going to take time and according to Qualcomm, the Phones will start adopting the 5G technology not before than the first half of 2019 but we can expect 5G enabled Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots by the end of this year 2018.
Understanding the Process
We will try to explain the basic working system and the importance of Qualcomm’s 5G millimeter wave antennas. So First of all, what is millimeter wave (mm wave) ?
The term millimeter wave actually represents the radio spectrum between 24 and 300GHz and the data rate of this spectrum(radio frequencies allotted to mobile industry for communication) is faster than compared to traditional cellular network spectrum.
Hence, the data can travel faster with extremely short wavelength like that of millimeter wave technology resulting in an increased bandwidth of the signal. So, the issue here is that due to the short wavelength, millimeter waves cannot travel as far as traditional cellular waves.
The Need for Qualcomm 5G Antennas
There was a need for a solution to successfully implement the 5G technology and make things work faster. So Qualcomm came up with an idea based on ‘Beam Forming’. To keep things simple, we can understand this by concentrated lights on a certain focus.
For example, all the floodlights in a stadium towards a batsman give a more clear picture of the player. In the same way, if you have multiple millimeter waves pointed at a single source from different directions, it will result in clear and stronger signals and hence, giving you better speed.
So, the main point here is that when the increased number of millimeter waves are emitted in form of a beam, at least few of them would be captured by the modem and for that purpose, Qualcomm’s 5G millimeter wave antennas will be planted at different locations on your device.
Three on sides of your smartphone and four in your mobile hotspot. Here again, we want to mention that since the millimeter waves cannot pass through many materials, it is important that 5G small cell nodes send a large number of beams or concentrated signals to make possible at least few of them hitting your phone or mobile hotspot.
Moreover, as these beams are radiated out in a small area after bouncing off objects in the environment, the hotspot or phone can pick up many of them at once.
Well folks, I hope the information provided above in the article was relevant and useful for you. Everyone of us want the faster technology in today’s fast paced environment and growing number of Internet users every day every second and from the above mentioned information, we can assume the 5G to faster than it’s predecessors.