Will the advent of 5G make a difference for Mega Moolah players?
If you have been keeping an eye on the national press over the last few weeks, then you will likely have seen the stories about Chinese company Huawei being embroiled in a controversy about providing the next generation of WiFi services to companies across the globe.
Certain countries, including the United States, Australia and New Zealand, have banned Huawei claiming it is too tightly linked to the Chinese government.
The implicit statement behind this is that it is alleged that Huawei put in a 'backdoor' device into their 5G networks which will allow the Chinese government to monitor the 5G services in these countries. The most likely reality is that the US has fallen behind in 5G and does not accept competition.
In the UK, the government is moving ahead with its plans to roll out a 5G network across the country using Huawei's infrastructure and wireless technology as the basis, but using different, secure and alternatively sourced hardware to actually run and administrate the network.
What this means is that very shortly, if not already, the millions of people that use WiFi every day either through their games console, smartphone, tablet, television, satellite service or home computer, will soon be being notified if and when 5G technology will be coming to their area.
So what can we expect from 5G and looking at this from a slot players perspective, what will 5G mean for someone who wants to enjoy a few spins on the Mega Moolah slot for example? Will things look any different or play differently? Do we even need 5G services?
Let's begin by taking a look at what 5G actually is and what it will mean for the millions of us that will soon be able to move onto this brand new form of WiFi service.
What is 5G?
5G is simply the term used to describe the fifth generation (hence 5G) of mobile networks. Currently in the UK, and around many parts of the world, people that access the Internet through a mobile network tend to do so either via 4G or 3G services.
As with all previous iterations, from 2G through 3G and up to 4G, each successive generation of mobile network has seen an increase in several things. Firstly, the speed at which data is transferred over the network has increased with each version and secondly, the amount of type of data that could be transferred has also changed.
The first-generation analogue service carried just audio and was used for communications only, such as a telephone. 2G was the first digital service that could carry not only audio, but also send and receive additional forms of data, such as picture messages and text messaging. Of course, as these technologies developed into people sending video calls and requiring data for a variety of purposes, so the capacity of a mobile network would be stretched until it reached a point when new, faster mobile technology would be required.
Hence, we moved from 1G to 2G, to 3G and to 4G.
While 4G may be servicing many people well at the moment, 5G promises to expand on the capabilities of 4G in a number of ways. There are four key reasons as to why 5G services will be better than 4G:
- Response times will be faster, which will mean less waiting for items to download to your device, or for a response to your message or data.
- 5G will be able to carry a lot more data than 4G services, which means that some things which are data-heavy and which can take a long time to utilise or send on 4G, should be much quicker on a 5G network.
- 5G should be a more reliable service than 4G with fewer outages and fewer errors which can stop a user from completing what they want to do on their chosen device.
- The main bonus for 5G however is that it should be a far faster service than 4G. While this is very important for some users in particular, it will make life smoother for the vast majority of people that use any form of mobile networks either professionally or socially.
At its core though, 5G is a very different form of technology than any of the four previous iterations of mobile network. Whereas 3G or 4G technology, for example, have their own networks and technology, 5G is very much the first that will not only use its own but build upon the networks already used by people. A common phrase used to describe 5G technology is a "network of networks" and the aim of 5G is that it will be able to utilise existing technology, such as 4G networks, alongside new 5G networks AND the networks of the future, to ensure that however we advance technology, we can always use through these services.
So, what will 5G mean for slots players, gamers and social media fans?
The impact of 5G will be different depending on the activity which you are doing. For example, if you are a slot player who enjoys a few spins on the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot, then the difference you will find playing the game in 5G is that loading up the game should be faster, you'll have fewer outages when playing and everything should run more smoothly and quickly. However, the effects for slot gamers will be neglibile.
The same can be said for those who use social media sites, where once again the speed of the network and its stability will likely be the main things people notice about 5G services, rather than any stellar improvement in how sites look or can be accessed.
However, when it comes to people like those who play online games, or who live stream events, then this is where 5G services will have a huge impact, allowing these games to play much more smoothly (with much less lag), with fewer glitches and problems with connections and of course, the ability to cope with significantly more data means that over time, these online games will start to look even better than they do at present.
One of the most exciting things about 5G is how the technology could be used in all kinds of other ways, mainly for use in the 'technology of tomorrow' including self-driving cars, smart hotels, remote-control of equipment (such as a doctor performing an operation over the network using specially adapted equipment). There is even talk of using holographic technology within 5G and of course, it also has real implications for the use of Virtual Reality technology, such as in the PlayStation Virtual Reality headset.
When will 5G be unveiled?
A number of top network providers are planning to roll out 5G services across a number of cities in the UK from 2019 on wards. However, it looks like being some time yet before 5G is available broadly across the whole of the UK.
There are some limited 5G services currently in place in certain parts of the world, including South Korea.
What are the benefits of 5G?
The tangible benefits of 5G will be obvious initially to some users. What does this mean in layman's terms? Well on a current 4G network, it would take around 7 minutes at a connection rate of 100 Mpbs to download a HD film. However, with 5G, that download time would decrease to somewhere between 4 and 40 seconds!
Furthermore, 5G technology can use a technique called network slicing, which will allow operators to create their own Virtual Network out of a physical network. The more of these networks that crop up, then the greater the competition there will be for people to switch to them and this could then see the price of your monthly mobile contract reduce as a result.
So 5G promises to revolutionise how we access the Internet in a number of ways, from simply a few spins of an online slot, to a life-saving operation conducted remotely by a surgeon thousands of miles away. It's an exciting time to be alive and to be awaiting this new form of technology and to load up Mega Moolah in a matter of a few seconds.
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