Huawei begins testing the 5.5G network in Beijing
5.5G testing details
At the moment, it is known that the first experimental tower of its kind has been installed in Beijing. It was developed by Huawei. It first announced its plans for the 5.5G network back in 2022. And only now they have begun to be realized.
However, officially the standard is called 5G-A. But since it is an intermediate link between 5 and 6G, it is popularly called 5.5G. It is worth noting that fundamentally the technology is not very different from the fifth generation of mobile communications. However, it allows you to significantly increase the signal transmission speed.
It is too early to say whether such a solution will gain mass distribution. However, the very fact of the transition to a new stage opens up new prospects for mobile technologies.
Stages of development of mobile communications
Without exception, all mobile communication systems at the stage of their inception were analog. It was they which, in fact, belonged to the 1G standard. However, their relatively low capacity spurred the search for better solutions. This is how the 2G standard appeared, in which the analog and digital systems are combined.
Further, mobile communications developed by leaps and bounds. By the fourth generation, the range was extended to 6 GHz. However, 4G networks have one significant drawback. Namely, they spread the signal in all directions, covering a large area, but with unnecessary energy costs.
When developing 5G, this important nuance was taken into account. This mobile standard already operates in the range of 30–300 Hz. Although the coverage is smaller, it is more efficient and energy costs have been reduced.
Another important achievement of the 5G system is a steady increase in speed. It has grown by almost 20 times, which has gained a special value against the backdrop of increased consumer demands.
However, so far the boundaries between networks of different generations remain very blurred. The 4G standard is predominantly leading in the world. But this does not prevent us from looking to the future and waiting for the implementation of 6G networks. It is expected that with them signal transmission at a speed of 1 TB will become the reality.