5th Generation data is the next big thing. There has been a lot of talk on 5G in the Mobile World Congress 2017.
The move from 3G to 4G LTE was all about faster connections. 5G is evolutionary so much more. The combination of speed responsiveness and reach. This could unlock the full capabilities of other hot trends in technology offering a boost to self-driving cars, drones, virtual reality and the internet of things. 5G is not all about speed but it will be faster than your home broadband connection.
Here’s a taste of what we can achieve with a 5G connection.
- Remote surgery. Aside from speed, the biggest benefit of the 5G is its low delay of data or the lag time between a device pinging the network and getting a response. This means in the future a surgeon may not need to be in the same room as a patient. A doctor would be able to use Virtual Reality glasses and the assistance of a robotic arm to share his expertise over a long distance. All this without a 5G connection is impossible.
- Self-driving cars. Mega companies like Uber and Google are convinced that a fully autonomous vehicle will not be possible without a 5G network. This instantly responsive network means the cars will be able to use 5G to communicate to other cars and sensors built around the city, from street lamps to gas stations. 5G plays a big part.
- Drones. With a 5G connection, drones can send back high-quality videos and pictures for better viewing an understanding.
- Home broadband. The most obvious application of the 5G is to replace the traditional Internet services.
- Virtual reality. 5G could enhance the VR experience, allowing you to chat in real time with live-streaming virtual worlds.
There are a lot of predictions on when the 5G will roll in. The earliest release year will be 2019. Qualcomm is the most likely company to first introduce 5G since they were the first to introduce 3G and also 4G. My bet is on them. When it comes there have been talks of which smartphones can handle it. At MWC, China’s ZTE bragged about having the world’s first Gigabit Phone. On close inspection, however, it’s not a product at all, but rather a prototype under glass, with no announcement of a launch date. This phone would definitely handle 5G without any problems because the general consensus is that 5G speeds will be at least 1 Gbps, with a latency of less than 10ms.