What is 5G?
5G is much more than the next generation of wireless networks. 5G is the connectivity fabric that will weave everything and everyone together
5G is really the future communications standard that’s being designed now.
5G is going to enable not only even better smartphones, it’s also able to deliver higher data rates, it’s able to deliver lower latency, it’s able to deliver more mission critical reliability and availability—these sort of improvements are something that is going to bring in a new range of applications.
We get excited about the possibility for virtual reality, augmented reality-based games where it may not be too surprising that 10 years from now people are going to be gathering with their friends in a park and they’re all bringing their head-mounted displays and there’s communication between those devices—there’s communication from the network to those devices, entirely new mixtures of physical and virtual reality games are being played.
If we look at the automotive industry and the ability for these factories themselves to have critical communication within the factory, low-latency information exchange between a larger number of industrial equipment within the factory. And then you can also look at the sort of communication technologies that are going to be imbedded into the vehicles themselves, so this both from a safety application, in terms of communication between vehicles, but then also in terms of the amount of data that’s being created within a vehicle.
Let’s take the example of an EMT in terms of relaying information back that they capture upon recognizing the patient and the symptoms, but then there’s also the aspect of what sort of data is immediately available to the EMT.
It’s the ability to have that kind of information availability be more instantaneous, more relevant and more structured specific to that situation.
5G Technology is the next generation of cellular networks and services. It is expected to provide at least 20GBPS downlink and 10GBPS uplink, which will make the 5G network to be at least 40 times faster than current 4G LTE. This will open doors for new services, network operations and customer experience for telecom operators. Currently, the market is led by Switzerland, closely followed by South Korea and the US.
Companies investing in 5G: Samsung, Huawei, Intel, Deloitte, Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm