5G gives us ‘Mesh Networks’ but what are Mesh Networks?


5G is nearly with us – it’ll be here by 2020

5G trials will begin in many countries next year. To most people, 5G probably seems like ‘just another technology upgrade.’ We have become bored by the regular annual phone improvements – because the truth is, the new iPhone is often little different to the last. Similarly, we are bored by the move from 3G to 4G. The new data speeds were not noticeably different to the old data speeds for many.

5G, however, is a different matter. Governments around the world have cottoned on to the opportunities and responsibilities which come with 5G. They and are managing this commercial, civilian project almost as if it was a military matter.

The US government, for example, under Donald Trump, recently, seriously considered a proposal to have the government rather than private industry produce the national 5G network. For a country which considers nationalized healthcare ‘a little bit socialist’ this was a remarkable evolution in thought. It was the fear of the threat that other countries ( China, Russia?) which might infiltrate the 5G rollout and the influence that might have on a country which had come to rely on 5G which made the USA feel that way. This is just one indication of the importance that 5G will soon come to have in our lives.

Mesh networks are incredibly smart and will help everyone

Mesh networks are an integral part of 5G’s facilities. The performance of any network is judged on how quickly it can transmit information.

Mesh networks are networks created within a small area to share an internet connection. Mesh networks can be used to improve the performance of / throughput of any radio network. Their distinguishing feature is that nodes (hardware like your phone or an internet router) within the network ‘cooperate’ to ensure that data is transmitted. As a result, Mesh networks are more resilient than other sorts of cellular or wireless set ups.

Imagine you were sitting in a conference room with a dozen other people each of whom have a smartphone, just as you do. Now imagine all of those people have 5G devices instead of their current iPhone. If your battery was so low, it couldn’t get a network signal, other 5G devices would step in, take the data you wanted to send and transmit it for you.

Google, Netgear and other manufacturers already provide mesh networks for use in the home to cut down on the areas of a house which don’t get a wifi signal. With 5G, Mesh will step outside the home for the first time in civilian life.

Mesh networks were originally developed by the US military in the 1980s because they were so resilient. They’ve been available, but too expensive to use in home installations, since the 1990s. Now we’re seeing them pop up everywhere. They’ve even been applied in hurricaneSandy, again, to assist in communications where their resiliency was prized.


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Cellular Mesh Network Technology and 5G

On 5G networks, Mesh solutions will help us avoid and work around areas of network interference. Data may take a slightly longer trip, through different nodes if the total time to throughput would actually be smaller. That means the network is not dependent on any one node – or phone. A node can fail and the network will still work.

What Mesh Networks will mean to you

When 5G is deployed, we’re likely to be far more connected now than we’ve ever been. More people will use Mobile Broadband and Tethering solutions. More home based devices will be connected to the internet, delivering for the first time in reality, the concept of ‘The Internet Of Things’ which has been spoken about for so long.

Mesh networks mean that all of these components will work together to give us a reliable signal more of the time.

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Bringing it all together

Mesh networks do what the internet was originally supposed to. They make our access to the things that matter more reliable and more stable. The net we know was originally inspired to leave communications possible in the event of a nuclear attack. With Mesh, we will finally achieve the dream.

Ironically, for Mr. Trump, one aspect of the 5G technology he is so keen to protect – Mesh – is so fundamental to its design that we are likely to stay connected even in the event of attack or attempts to derail connections.