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Why 5G Advanced Matters For Australia

Australia is now in the age of fast internet. Since 2019, telecommunication companies like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have been building the nation’s new 5G network. Now, Telstra’s 5G network alone provides coverage to 41% of Australia’s population.

The fast development of Australia’s 5G network has paved for a new generation of mobile networks. According to experts, the next step in that generation is 5G advanced. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about 5G advanced, including what it is, how it’s different from 5G and 4G and how it will re-shape Australia.

What Is 5G Advanced?

5G advanced is a new evolution of the 5G network. The 5G advanced network is an extension of the existing network that will provide internet users with faster internet speeds, lower latency and increased broadband.

The 5G advanced network will bridge the gap between the 5G and 6G networks, which is why it’s often referred to as the ‘5.5G network’. This is a fairly natural evolution with mobile networks, as it generally takes ten years to develop each new generation of the mobile network. During this cycle, providers enhance the capacity of the existing network by transforming it.

We saw this when 3G evolved into HSPA+, and 4G evolved into LTE Advanced Pro (also called ‘4.5G’). So, 5G advanced is simply 5G’s evolution.

5G to 5G Advanced

The 5G network is currently being rolled out worldwide. So far, service providers have deployed 160 5G networks to nearly 300 million terminal connections. In addition, the 5G network also extends to over 5,000 industrial digitisation projects.

According to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) that’s developing 5G advanced, the network will begin rollout in late 2021 and will last until 2023. While the technical plans for the 6G network are still years away, experts expect the 6G network rollout to begin around 2030.

4G Vs 5G Vs 5G Advanced

5G advanced will be the fastest iteration of Australia’s mobile network. But just how fast is it?

Currently, many Australians use the 4G network. The 4G network offers a maximum speed of 100 Mbps and delivers an average speed of 45.3 Mbps.

The 5G network is still in production but is already faster than the 4G network. It offers a minimum speed of 100 Mbps and a maximum speed of 20 Gbps. Between November 2020 and January 2021, the average speed on the 5G network was 240.9 Mbps. According to these figures, the 5G network is 5.3 times faster than the 4G network.

While we don’t know precisely how fast 5G advanced will be, it should comfortably exceed the speed of the 5G network.

However, 5G advanced could potentially be faster than the NBN as well. The average NBN speeds currently range from 25.1 Mbps on the slowest plan (NBN 25) and 94.3 on the fastest NBN plan (NBN 100).

Implications of 5G Advanced in Australia

While the fast internet 5G advanced will affect how every internet-connected Australian uses the internet, it will have the largest impact on Australia’s healthcare, manufacturing sectors, and everyday office life. That’s because:

Holographic Telehealth Could Become Possible

According to the Australian government, Australians are using telehealth services more than ever before. Since the start of 2020, 3.2 million Australians living in regional, rural and remote areas accessed 10 million telehealth services.

People in cities and residential areas are also accessing telehealth at an increased rate. Between April and May 2020 alone, Australians had nearly 6 million Telehealth appointments.

The rise in Telehealth provides greater access to healthcare for all Australians, as they can visit a physician at work, at home or in a remote location.

However, there is one thing hindering Telehealth’s growth: slow internet that limits telehealth’s capability. As voice and video-based appointments don’t allow physicians to examine patients directly, the capabilities of telehealth remain limited. However, holographic telehealth may help resolve this (though some in-person appointments will always be necessary).

Holographic telehealth appointment allows a person to project a real-time, holographic version of themselves into their physician’s office. As the 5G advanced network will have higher latency and capacity than previous networks, it could support holographic telehealth technology.

Smart Manufacturing Will Become Easier

5G advanced will also grow Australia’s smart manufacturing sector. While some facilities already use smart manufacturing, Australia’s internet is still too slow for high-quality Harmonised Communication and Sensing (HCS) technology. HCS allows a factory to monitor a machine’s actions and location down to a single centimetre.

With 5G advanced, manufacturing businesses could invest in HCS technology to fully digitise their factories. This would allow businesses to increase their manufacturing capacity while improving workplace safety.

The 5G advanced network could also bring smart manufacturing to rural areas held back by slow internet. The expansion of manufacturing companies into rural areas would bring jobs and commercial investment into the local economy of smaller towns.

Office Digitisation Will Become Widespread

Finally, 5G advanced’s fast internet will help more Australian businesses embrace office digitalisation. Office digitisation is the process of enhancing everyday work life with digital solutions. These digital solutions include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones, online faxing and smart office equipment.

Office digitisation is excellent for the environment. Many digitised solutions like online faxing and VoIP reduce people’s consumption of paper and plastic. Smart office equipment also automatically manages the work environment, reducing people’s electricity and water consumption by automating office taps, lights, and heating and cooling.

Get Ready For 5G Advanced With eFax

While 5G advanced is still a few years away, you can still digitise your business by adopting online faxing with eFax.

eFax is a leading fax provider that helps over 11 million people fax worldwide. eFax’s faxing system is full of features your business will love, including email faxing, free cloud-based storage, large file transfer up to 3GB and a PDF converter. eFax is also NBN-ready and future-proof.

As eFax doesn’t use analog fax lines to transmit your faxes, you won’t lose your eFax connection when switching to the NBN. eFax is even an accredited Business NBN Provider that can help you switch to the new network smoothly.

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