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5 things becoming a reality with 5G

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Higher speed to move data faster, lower latency, and a greater number of connected devices. The next-generation 5G wireless network will enable applications to achieve their full potential, digitalizing industries, and supercharging business. Here are five opportunities that can be seized with 5G

  1. Telemedicine

    Few 5G-enabled innovations have the capability to save as many lives as telemedicine, utilizing telecommunication for remote physicians to provide healthcare across often long distances. While we all will benefit, the most vulnerable in society will gain the most.

    Elderly people, those living in rural areas, and disabled people all face additional barriers when accessing healthcare, with the advent of widely available telemedicine significantly improving their lives. For example, in-demand brain surgeons may be able to perform complicated surgeries remotely, eliminating the need for patients to travel long distances.

    When consumers have 5G technologies available in their home, they can use their devices to request telemedicine appointments with medical professionals without leaving the house.

  2. VR and AR

    The potential of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) to fundamentally change the consumer entertainment experience and offer exciting new business applications is significant. From playing truly immersive video games, to allowing fully visual teleconferencing, and enabling real-time walkthroughs of construction projects – the possibilities are virtually endless.

    The rollout of the 5G wireless network is set to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of VR and AR, owing to high bandwidth and low latency.

    Although innovative VR and AR devices have been released, their price points and relative lack of applications have hampered their appeal. As soon as 5G can allow VR and AR to be stable for real-time applications, then major companies will become increasingly interested in investing heavily to create potentially world-changing applications.

  3. Drones

    5G can turn drones into extraordinarily versatile connectivity tools for businesses and consumers alike.

    Ultra-low latency 5G enables drones to be used by emergency services to gain a clear view of disasters, and allow for time-sensitive resources to be shared in the most effective way. Business and consumer packages may be delivered in as little as 30 minutes through self-piloting intelligent delivery drones.

    The economic effect is also forecast to be significant. According to PwC, there are expected to be 76,000 drones in use across the UK by 2030, which will have a £42 billion net impact on the economy.

    Drone transports a parcel
    5G will enable business and consumer packages to be delivered by self-piloting intelligent drones
  4. Autonomous vehicles

    Up until now, technology has not been able to match the futuristic vision of self-driving cars. The 5G wireless network is expected to offer speeds of up to 100 times faster than 4G, vital for autonomous cars that will require a radically faster network than ever before.

    Safe and effective autonomous cars must have the ability to make real-time decisions, taking in an array of data and processing it in an instant. 5G only forms one component of the countless technologies required to make self-driving cars a reality, but without 5G, they will be virtually impossible.

    There are safety and ethical issues raised by autonomous vehicles, but as AI technology improves, and 5G is able to handle this substantially increased data load, the benefits can be expected to outweigh the negatives.

  5. Video streaming

    As the amount of on-demand video content has exploded in recent years with the arrival of Netflix and Amazon Prime, consumers have become accustomed to ultra-HD content.

    However, as smartphones and tablet screen sizes have become larger and able to show high-definition video content, data speeds of the cellular mobile network and prices have limited the quality available to most consumers.

    4K live streaming will become possible as 5G wireless network technologies develop and businesses can create extremely high-quality video content without the concern that the consumer network will not be able to handle the data load.

    As expectations of video-streaming quality continue to rapidly grow, 5G has the power to create opportunities, enable businesses to meet these new demands, and offer a vastly improved service.

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