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5G – another step closer to reality

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In so far as some people can still say that 5G is an uncertain matter, today they are closer to see this distant future with their own eyes. During CES 2019 companies announced their concrete solutions. Samsung showed off its 5G smartphone prototype. Telecommunication companies declared that -starting approximately at midyear- they will be launching their services in chosen cities. What is more, many companies are testing their business solutions based on that new technology. Estimates show that 5G will be a widely available service approximately at the latest by 2025.

At the moment, mobile network operators deploy antennas, modems, and software. They make data calls and cooperate with companies that are testing their new business solutions in projects requiring this technology. Other cities or their parts become ones of the group of pioneers that provide access to the ultra-fast Internet connection including New Orlean, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The latter city announced at CES 2019 (Consumer Electronic Show) that it would be testing smart lighting using 5G to increase safety and energy efficiency. All such solutions gather pace due to the demand on the market.

What will change?

5G is becoming more and more necessary technology. As CEO of Verizon said, it will allow increasing energy efficiency, decreasing power consumption by 90 percent. Services working thanks to that technology will be reliable in 99,999 percent. Latency will drop to 5 milliseconds. Such a high quality of the network connection will be enough for autonomous cars. However, it is not only about cars. New generation network will revolutionize the way we live. It is already apparent.

New opportunities will emerge for companies in the area of cutting costs and changing business model. For example – Skyward – a start-up with focus on aerial robotics (acquired by Verizon) shows how commercial use of drones helps in running a business, for instance in engineering and constructions. The advantage of drones is that they can safely get to the place people can’t. Additionally, fifth generation network drones will be able to gather huge volumes of data and stream video and process image in real-time because the speed – fifty times faster than that in 4G – will allow it. Aerial robots will provide data continually and in real time.

All that will give an insight into the data that humans would not be able to collect. Possibility to get such information and then providing it to make more analyses will open a new chapter not only in business but also in solving many issues, even those presented globally.