5G (II): What is it used for?
In the previous post, we’ve talked about the core characteristics of 5G networks. But, how will those features improve our life?
Data transmission speed
5G will provide a better Internet connection and will introduce new services, never heard of before, such as being able to watch ultra-high definition 4K-UHD live videos on our mobile phones.
It will help implement and improve well-known applications, where reliability and stability are critical: tactile Internet, industrial processes, remote surgery, autonomous cars, remote control of industrial robots and drones.
It will provide the capacity of simultaneous communication between a massive number of machines (up to 200,000 devices per km2). Such connectivity is key for the full development of the "Internet of Things" (IoT). This does not only apply to high-speed computers or mobile phones, but also to low-speed terminals (such as sensors) and machines, thus contributing to the definitive implantation of the so called "4th industrial revolution".
Last, but not least: reduced energy consumption, increased battery lifetime, lower error rates, greater mobile coverage...
5G will not only make new technologies more powerful and efficient. It will also bring a wide range of new applications and business models, and a faster implementation of new (and not so new) services: high definition video, virtual reality, autonomous cars, remote control of industrial and surgery robots, smart homes and cities…
In the next decade, we will have a Connected Society, and every person and object will be able to access unlimited information at any time.
Is it good, is it bad? How will we control 5G? We will address those issues in our next posts.