18 Nov 2020
5G, the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, is here. From self-driving cars, to automation (of any kind) to new technologies like AR, VR and IoT, and applications like telemedicine to all the undreamt of technologies that are increasingly more reliant on good internet connectivity, 5G will enable these to happen.
5G, the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, is here. When it was first announced and broached in 2017, 5G promised to enable faster internet and mobile speeds with the true 5G making its presence felt in the 2020s. Most global telecommunications companies began deploying in 2019, and is predicted to have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025, according to the GSMA.
With the predictions and the drive towards Industry 4.0, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing, 5G'spromise of speeds around 10 gigabits per second to any 5G enabled device is a game changer. That's more than 600 times faster than the typical 4G speeds on today’s mobile phones, and 10 times faster than standard home broadband service. It will be crucial as the number of internet-connected vehicles, environmental sensors, thermostats, and other gadgets accelerates in coming years.
The factories of the future will be filled with sensors, each monitoring different aspects of the working environment. They’ll also feature connected tools, using information ranging from location to accelerometer data to understand where and how they’re being used, to guide workers accordingly. 5G'shigh capacity, wireless flexibility and low-latency performance make it a natural choice to support manufacturers in these environments.
5G will make our infrastructure and cities smarter. Our businesses will need to catch up.