5G Wireless Networks Are Coming

 

A recent article in BizTech Magazine talks about the innovations and promises that 5G can bring to both consumers and businesses. There are many use cases and applications for 5G that are going to truly revolutionize the way we live, work, and play. Here is an excerpt from that article:

New Use Cases Enabled by 5G

What will businesses be able to do with 5G networks that they can’t do now? Those use cases are still being developed, but they are starting to come into focus a bit more than they were last year. At the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, wireless carriers and vendors demonstrated potential use cases.

Christian Hedelin, head of strategy for network vendor Ericsson’s network products unit, told IDG News Service at MWC that streaming 4K resolution video and replacing fiber broadband deployments are clear business use cases. Additionally, anyone involved in public safety will benefit thanks to the expected low latency. However, Ericsson is still working with academics and industries to determine 5G applications. “Most of the use cases are still in the making,” Hedelin said.

At MWC, Spanish carrier Telefónica and Ericsson demonstrated how a 5G network could let someone use a steering-wheel console to control a vehicle 43.5 miles away with almost no lag time. As IDG reported: “It feels realistic, with a total latency, or delay, of 30 milliseconds. If it weren’t for having to send the video over a 70 km fiber link to the show, the latency would only be 4 milliseconds, Telefónica says. So if a vehicle were remotely controlled over 5G alone, it would be even more responsive.”

Such controls could help companies with vehicle fleets, or those with vehicles at remote warehouses or manufacturing sites.

Eventually, 5G networks will be used to not only direct self-driving cars, but also link vehicles to connected infrastructure around them. “It’s not just about the cars,” Adam Koeppe, vice president of network planning for Verizon, told CNET at MWC. “It’s about urban design and technology.”

Further, 5G could enable drones to stream back video footage much more quickly, which would be helpful to any company that is monitoring infrastructure, especially in the energy utilities markets.

Low latency will also enable virtual reality to pervade more applications, as lag times for delivering VR environments diminish.

So to recap – That’s faster video streaming, increased public safety, self-driving cars, and better management of energy. Sounds like a win-win-win-win to us!