If your organization has poor network connectivity, and you’re having a difficult time regaining network stability, you should consider upgrading your network.
Many organizations have determined that 5G technology would likely resolve this challenge but aren’t sure which specific 5G technology to use.
5G technology is available in a few variations and if your organization does not understand the differences between them you may end up selecting one that doesn’t best meet your needs.
Coeo knows how important a reliable network is to the success of organizations and has delivered thousands of network solutions and services to organizations to improve their network reliability and performance.
We want you to be aware of the different types of 5G technology so you can determine which one best meets your organization’s needs.
By the end of this article, you will know the different types of 5G technology for business and which one is the right fit for your organization.
The different types of 5G technology for business
5G technology can benefit many organizations. However, it is important to understand the different types of 5G technology for business so you can determine which version best meets your needs.
The different types of 5G technology for business include:
Low-band 5G has low bandwidth; the lowest of all of the 5G technologies. Low-band 5G operates closest on the spectrum to 4G and 4G LTE technology.
Low-band 5G is basic and operates on frequencies similar to those used by TV and radio stations.
While low-band 5G technology is still reliable and closest on the spectrum to 4G, it still operates 10 times faster than 4G internet with typical speeds between 600 MHz and 900 MHz.
While low-band 5G has slower speeds than the other 5G technology, it can travel farther distances offering a wider range of coverage.
Mid-band 5G technology is a bit more advanced than the low-band technology.
Mid-band 5G is about 5 times as wide as low-band with higher network speeds typically ranging from 2.5 GHz to 4.2 GHz allowing for more data to be sent out at a time.
This increased bandwidth enables you to download and upload more data or send out more data each time with a wider bandwidth.
While mid-band 5G is wider and faster and provides more data capacity than low-band, it cannot travel as far and buildings and other obstacles can affect higher ranges of data.
High-band 5G and millimeter wave
High-band 5G is essentially the opposite of low-band 5G in that it cannot travel far but has the fastest speed typically traveling between 24 GHz and 47 GHz.
High-band 5G also uses millimeter wave (mmWave) technology which is a connection that provides faster network speeds with wavelengths between 1 and 10 millimeters and speeds that range between 30 and 300 GHz.
However, while the speed of high-band 5G and mmWave is the fastest, the line-of-sight limitation severely constrains how far the frequency can travel.
Additionally, this type of 5G is easily affected by solid objects such as buildings that are in the way of the connection and even heavy rainfall can affect the performance and reliability of a high-band 5G connection.
Which 5G connection is the right fit for your organization?
Now you know the three main types of 5G technology. However, it is also important to understand which connection is the right fit for your organization can select the technology that best meets your business needs.
The low-band 5G connection can travel the farthest making it a good option for organizations with locations that are spread out or employees that are working remotely in locations that are farther from the office.
However, low-band 5G is the slowest of all the 5G connections. If your organization relies on faster network speeds and has significant data traffic, the low-band connection may not be the best solution for your organization.
For organizations looking for different features or capabilities, a mid-band 5G connection cannot travel as far but has faster speeds.
This connection is a compromise for organizations that work in a remote environment and rely on fast network speeds for uploading, downloading, and sending data.
High-band 5G combined with mmWave cannot travel as far but has the fastest speeds of the 5G connections.
If your organization relies on a fast network connection and sends out large quantities of data, high-band may be the best alternative to meet those needs.
High-band 5G is typically an excellent option for organizations that operate in one location and upload and download significant amounts of data or send large quantities of data regularly.
For example, if your organization relies on your network for short-range calling and other telecommunications tools, high-band 5G may be the right choice for your organization.
Determining the right 5G technology for your organization
Now you understand the different types of 5G technology and which 5G connection is the best option for your organization.
This will help you determine which 5G connection is the best choice for your organization so you avoid purchasing the solution that won’t maximize your objectives.
No one wants to use a poor-performing network connection that results in a decrease in productivity and efficiency.
While your organization may have determined that 5G in some form would be beneficial for your organization, it is important to also understand the 5G technology that best meets your business objectives.
Without knowing the type of 5G technology that is best for your organization, you may end up purchasing 5G technology that fails to improve your organization’s network infrastructure.
Coeo knows how important a reliable network connection is to an organization and has delivered thousands of network solutions and connections to improve their network connectivity resulting in better productivity and efficiency.
We want you to understand the different types of 5G technology and which one is the best solution for your organization so you can be confident that your 5G technology will help you achieve your business objectives.
If you would like to speak with our team to learn more about 5G technology or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment.
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