Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Improved Mobile Networks for a Better Connected World

    Recently there has been a great deal of buzz surrounding the idea of 5G, or 5th generation mobile networks, a technology which will provide much faster speeds and more reliable connections than current mobile networks, which still run on 4G or LTE. Mobile networks from around the world have vowed to make 5G a reality, and Verizon has already started testing their version of the technology. The new network, which is expected to launch in 2020, with test versions launching as early as 2018, would not only significantly improve browsing speeds and connections for the average mobile user, but it also has very good implications for businesses and emerging technologies.


     In many articles, it was speculated that 5G speeds will not be useful, but rather just increase cellular prices. However, 5G technology will allow for improved businesses through its significantly faster speeds, as well improved connection, which will serve to eliminate latency issues. These high speeds and strong connections will allow businesses to communicate internally in real time, ensuring that information is always up to date, and that work is completed as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, 5G technologies will allow for businesses to better utilize virtual reality technology in order to hold meetings with people from all over the country with no communication issues or delays. These changes will keep businesses better connected with the world around them, and allow for businesses to grow, especially in remote areas which had no wireless access prior to 5G.
     I believe that 5G will also be very important for improving or perfecting emerging technologies. The improved consistency of 5G will be very important in implementing certain technologies, especially self-driving cars and robotic surgeons. For both of these technologies, a small connection error could lead to a fatal accident, so they cannot be perfected with the current network limitations. However, 5G will allow for these technologies to be perfected thanks to its lack of latency issues.
     I believe that most of the articles that I read underplayed the benefits of 5G, focusing on only the download speed improvements. However, the speed and reliability has many positive implications for society, including more efficient businesses, faster growth in emerging markets, and improved technologies.



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