Most of us are already familiar with 5G technology, and if you have a newer mobile phone, then you probably use 5G everyday! Aside from the provision of higher speeds, lower latency and greater capacity than 4G – what does the future hold for 5G technology?
The Evolution of 5G
Prior to the fifth generation of mobile technology:
- 1980: 1G technology introduced bulky mobile devices, capable of making short calls between the small number of people who used them!
- 1990: The demand for mobile services grew with the lead up to 2G technology. Mobile voice calls and SMS became more familiar.
- 2000: 3G technology brought us pocket-sized phones, mobile internet access and SMS as a means for communication.
- 2010: Smartphones with 4G compatibility, app stores and Youtube were developed. The expansion of mobile video consumption and higher-speed data prevailed.
- Now: 5G reshapes our lives by enhancing experiences such as video and VR gaming. It’s also drives the digitalisation of professional industries across the globe.
Today, 5G technology is used daily, as we have become more reliant on multiple devices connected simultaneously (especially in our homes). It allows for 100 times more internet traffic at a time – especially beneficial for densely populated areas.
5G technology has the ability to improve industries greatly. Due to low latency making it more reliant – vehicles and machinery will be able to send critical information instantaneously. Automating production lines to react to supply & demand, and logistic networks autonomously re-routing deliveries based on real-time road conditions will change how industries operate.
Digitalisation of Healthcare
Cutting-edge 5G technology will help improve healthcare in various ways. The potential for remote monitoring sensors means that patients could stay out of hospital for longer periods of time. Overall, this would provide medical professionals with real-time insights to support better decision making.
5G could also make AI-assisted surgery a possibility! This would allow surgeons to perform medical procedures remotely with real-time information transfer and live video. Using a robotic device, doctors would perform procedures through XR (Extended Reality) by sending information to the linked device. With 5G’s reliability, operations can be performed remotely, transforming healthcare as a whole! You can read more about it here.
With the use of 5G, there is a possibility that cars will be able to communicate with one another. Connected vehicles would have the ability to assess their surroundings and access live maps to improve road safety. Also, managing traffic systems through 5G technology will help prevent road collisions, making driving safer and more convenient.
Using onboard cameras and sensors to monitor road conditions, predicting hazards ahead could help decrease congestion on the roads. ‘Smart cities’ will allow connected vehicles to constantly communicate information about pedestrians and traffic signals with each other. This could eliminate the need for physical traffic lights. Furthermore, alerting road users of hazards well in advance could help drastically reduce the road death toll (currently 1.3million annually, worldwide!).
You can find out more on connected vehicles & 5G here.
These advancements demonstrate the possibilities and power of 5G technology and the endless benefits it can bring to the world as we know it! With 60+ countries and counting, currently deploying 5G technology, we are excited to see how it will shape the future and expand over time!
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