AZCOMP Technologies January 2020

WHAT IS 5G? And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

The recent rollout of 5G for mobile networks and internet-based devices means that things are going to start running faster than they currently do. Even though the implementation is new and limited at the moment, it’s something to keep on your radar as you reconsider your cellphone and internet plans. WHAT IS IT? The fifth-generation (5G) of mobile networks has been designed to meet the exponentially large growth of data and connectivity in today’s world. With billions of connected devices around the globe, a network that can handle and perform all the tasks requested of it in a reasonable amount of time is a necessity. Initial 5G services launched in many countries in 2019, but widespread availability isn’t expected until 2025. HOW DOES IT WORK? Most 5G implementations are currently working in conjunction with the 4G networks that have been in use since about 2010. They use a range of macrocells, small cells, and in-building systems to successfully communicate across networks. 5G will focus more on the essential small cells because their frequencies have a very powerful

connection over short ranges. So, the more small cells implemented, the stronger the 5G connection. Work is already underway to continue building more and more small cells across the globe. WHAT IS IT FOR? The prime benefit of 5G is that the speed of data access, downloading, and streaming content will be significantly faster. Increased computing power means the response time between devices will decrease, providing instantaneous connections. Whereas 4G operated on the latency of roughly 30 milliseconds, 5G will be as low as 1 millisecond. This means faster communication between devices, better service while on the move, and more ease of connecting in remote locations. The prospective increased potential for businesses, emerging technologies, and small communities in remote locations is exciting. 5G opens up unfathomable possibility because it creates even more opportunity for the entire world to connect, and do it quickly. But for now, be on the lookout for your cellphone and Wi-Fi providers to make it available for your devices so you can keep up with the exciting world we live in. MEDISOFT, LYTEC, NEXTGEN, & APRIMA SUPPORT PLANS FOR HOSTING, BACKUP, AND MORE Need Support? Call 480-497-7480 if you have a support contract. Don’t Have Support? Plans start at just $99/month. Call us at 855-455-5035 to get started with support, training, electronic claims, electronic health records (EHR), hosting, backup, and more. We have so many tools and services to help your business become more efficient, keep its network protected, and remain a thriving independent practice. We want to help your practice perform at the highest possible level by providing services that help you get the most out of your software. Be sure to check our website often at azcomp.com/events to learn about upcoming trainings and other events we host. DON’T FORGET TO UPGRADE YOUR SOFTWARE!

SPOTLIGHT ON DAVE WORMELL

With over 20 years of experience working in IT, we were thrilled to add Dave Wormell to our team in October 2019. As a systems engineer, Dave spends most of his day problem-solving. “It’s fun to hear about what our clients do and come up with a solution to fill their particular needs,” Dave says. “A lot of people know what they should have but aren’t sure how to implement it. That’s where we come in.” Dave has seen some unique ways of operating, but he’s never worked in an atmosphere quite like ours. “Not only is this place filled with incredibly intelligent people that I get to learn from, but it’s also such a fun and friendly environment.” When Dave first experienced our laid-back yet exciting atmosphere, he knew he’d never get bored.

Outside work, Dave’s life is all about family. Married with four kids, he loves to learn new hobbies based on what his wife and kids are interested in. When he gets time to himself, Dave likes the high adventure of hiking, rock climbing, and wakeboarding. But his rejuvenating getaway is cruising the neighborhood on his longboard, if only for a few minutes.

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