5G - The Connected World15/06/2020
5G New Radio is emerging to be a game changer that only those in the industry seem to have the smallest inkling of what is about to happen over the coming years.
The tech is interesting, super low latency, massive MIMO, beamforming all sound really interesting for those who love all things networks, however for those us that can’t get excited about what doe 5G actually mean to us?
5G will mean everything you interact with will be interconnected providing real-time state analysis. What do I mean by this? It means your fridge will be able to know, ahead of time, when you are going to be out of milk and will reorder just in time.
It means as you leave the house, you will be able to tell your digital assistant where the family is going and your car will have already planned the quickest route based on your driving style and the traffic.
It means that if you are travelling for work, your car will automatically track the route, and submit your expenses for the trip so you are reimbursed without any human intervention. It means that when you call your mum in Australia, the video quality will be ultra high quality and super immersive.
There is also a huge push in Augmented Reality, you can already buy glasses that you can pick your emails and receive calls and every iPhone now comes with a dedicated AR chip.
Throw back to 2004 and Facebook pushed us forward connecting us all at a social level, 5G will connect us all at a more fundamental level, it will radically and substantially change the way we interact with everything around us.
So why is 5G so important for this to happen?
Experts believe that by 2023, an average consumer will have between 6 to 8 connected devices. So without 5G, the current network would struggle to cope with so many.
At the moment, if you go to a built-up area, like a busy train station, you will find that your mobile will tell you that you have 4G, however, the internet is very slow and sometimes you cannot make calls. This is because too many people are trying to connect to the local mobile mast. So to address this each 5G will be able to connect to at least 10 times as many devices as it can now.
I believe that over the next 5 years, IOT, AR, Robotics, will coalesce in ways we cannot see and that 5G will be the underpinning connectivity that will net these different technologies together and enable them to communicate with each other.
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