5G: Why the big fuss, anyway?
5G is just around the corner, and everyone is talking about it. But what is the big deal? Is it really that much better than 4G?
Yes, it is! And here’s why.
5G provides unprecedented speed rates, lower levels of latency and a stronger connection which will ultimately lead to three main outcomes that will significantly improve the way some industries work.
– Enhanced Mobile Broadband: With faster speed and stronger connection it will enable higher quality videos and the expansion of virtual reality applications.
– Internet of Things: By significantly improving connectivity it enables more connections to be made at once and will contribute to the increase in the number of connected devices. It will, therefore, contribute to the expansion of the IoT.
– Mission-critical applications: Some applications require absolute reliability and as such need low levels of latency so as to not affect their data gathering process. This is the case with medical devices and vehicle safety systems. 5G will expand the use of these applications and improve their performance in time-critical situations.
These outcomes can have an effect in a number of industries which, ultimately, are the industries that will benefit the most from the introduction of 5G.
Let’s take a look at those industries and the improvements we can expect to see in each one.
Driverless cars are quickly becoming a reality. So much so that some manufacturers are already testing their driverless models on the streets. However, they are not quite there yet and still need some work, if you recall the Tesla and Uber incidents in 2018. 5G is here to help though. These cars will need to connect not only with other cars of the same sort but also with other devices that help guide them through streets. With the speed and increased level of connectivity that 5G offers, these cars will be available before you know it.
IoT is increasingly becoming a part of the health industry and an active contributor to patient care. The more connected devices there are to monitor and measure a patient’s well-being, the more accurate and complete the patient care will be. Thanks to 5G, the number of connected devices will increase as connectivity improves significantly, and, as such, patient care will also improve by miles.
Factories have a lot of automated processes and, as such, machines need to communicate with each other so that this process flows easily. However, the physical structure of the warehouses (thick cement walls, big spaces, etc.) may put a damper on this. Connections may be hard to make and easily broken.
5G will play the role of modernization here. Through the high speed it offers and the overall increased connectivity it will help with the transaction to smart factories and facilitate the processes involved in manufacturing.
The increased connectivity among devices will allow for better control of the resources used by each device. People will be able to easily control the energy usage of their devices, whether it’s technological devices or home appliances and adjust the energy consumption accordingly. It will, therefore, allow for better control of resources that should lead to significant energy savings.
Media & Entertainment
Lately, there has been a rise in the amount of media and entertainment services that require some sort of interaction with the customers. These include video streaming services such as Netflix and its competitors, and game streaming services such as the soon-to-be-launched Google Stadia.
These services need to deliver digital content, audio, and video, through a multitude of different devices. They require a strong and fast network connection in order to operate at its fullest. 5G will enable the suppliers of these services to provide better quality and better content to their customers and take streaming services to a whole other level.
Farmers all around the world are already using IoT to optimize their agricultural processes. This includes water management, crop monitoring, livestock safety and more. 5G will further optimize these processes by allowing farmers to monitor and automate these agricultural processes. Through the collection of real-time data, farmers will be able to increase profitability, as well as efficiency and safety.
5G will facilitate the employment of virtual reality by retail stores. This will significantly aid in the process of online purchase as it improves the customers’ visibility over the product they are considering and, therefore, increase the probability of a sale.
These will be the industries most affected by 5G, not to mention the telecom industry itself which will undergo the biggest change.
Ultimately, 5G will not bring anything new, it will just improve everything that was already offered by 4G. And that is what will lead to all this progress.
Now, all we have to do is wait for the 5G network to be launched and see innovation unfold before our eyes.