Published On: Fri, Oct 8th, 2021

Why Your Slice of 5G Will Not Comingle With Another

Remember riding down a road listening to a song on the radio and suddenly hearing the sound of another station coming in over your song? That phenomenon is sometimes called “bleed” and it is not just a feature of old AM radios. As long as there have been radio frequency signals—television, radio, microwave and now broadband—concerns about one source bleeding into another have been a significant concern. This is an issue that has only grown as the number of sources sending out streams of data has grown exponentially. It makes you wonder: if bleed was a problem when there were 20 AM radio stations on the dial, how do you prevent it when there are millions of signals on 5G broadband?

Slicing and Splicing and Hybrids, Oh My!

You know that signal isolation does work or else there could not have been distinct cellphone calls or cable TV networks. As bandwidth for every spectrum has become more densely packed, the technological ability to isolate those signals into distinct slices has also increased. Handling all the various signals as discrete slices calls for splicing signals together with the aid of highly advanced equipment, such as the 90 degree hybrid combiner. There is true technical genius involved in the design of these devices that makes it possible for one broadband network to carry a virtually unlimited number of clients at any given time.

5G Is Not Just for Streaming Anymore

For the average person, the closest these technical applications will come is through your internet experience of a 5G network. It is important to know, however, that 5G is in the process of transforming virtually every industry around the globe. Here are some of the cutting edge transformations you will soon witness:

  • Self-driving vehicles. Though there have been mishaps and false starts with autonomous rides, their use is right down the road.
  • Total city connectedness, with traffic and administrative services guided by AI. Perhaps most interestingly, 5G is localized, making this a reality for communities of any size.
  • Globally-local healthcare. While you can have a video appointment with your provider today, soon with 5G, distant surgeries will become a possibility.

Truly Advanced RF Devices

Microwaves, broadband signals, radio waves and so forth are all RFs (radio frequencies). While ordinary citizens use these daily via a variety of media, high-tech industries and governments use them in ways that mirror science fiction.

As science continues to unlock the secrets of the stars, technology enables you to reach around the world.