When you work in the telecommunications industry as I do, it’s hard to not be overwhelmed by the new, shiny promise of 5G.
100 times faster than 4G. Able to leap past 3G and 2G in a single bound. The superpowers of 5G are becoming more familiar as more phone carriers start racing to declare that their networks are 5G-ready.
5G means lower latency, the ability to send around massive amounts of data, and the potential of always-on connectivity…who of us hasn’t silently cursed when stuck somewhere with spotty Wi-Fi or no Wi-Fi, but you urgently need that download for work?
Using mobile devices such as your smart phone, tablet, laptop, wearables will be faster and more immersive.
All good, right? As a big digital consumer for work and play, I say a big YES.
But as a parent of young, digitally savvy children who live a large chunk of their lives online, I also hope that the next generation of cyber systems will generate uses that shift our eyes from our own screens to those around us, beyond our self-contained and curated worlds, and towards the very real benefits of digital inclusion.
We’re seeing glimmers of the good that 5G can do, beyond giving you that super HD experience during your 5-hour Netflix binge watch.
Doctors are experimenting with remote robotic surgery using the immediacy of 5G connections. Homes that are truly smart beyond doorbells and light controls could deploy the Internet of Things to allow safe aging in place. Smart cities are experimenting with sensors that capture large amounts of data to monitor traffic, air quality, and crime.
Ready or not, 5G is coming. My hope is that the focus on connection speeds doesn’t overtake the connection needs.
One thing that I’m particularly excited about is what 5G means for IoT, especially with AI in the mix. Now, we’re truly entering the intelligent world.
What are you most excited about when it comes to 5G? Leave us a comment below.