Since the end of 2018, network operators, chipmakers and smartphone makers have been working around 5G. Much of the talk around it has focused on faster speeds, lower latency, and support for dozens or even hundreds of devices. Many of the examples used by operators are about downloading high-definition video files in seconds, something most consumers can immediately think of. While it does make 5G easier to understand, it also makes people think that 5G is just faster 4G, which underestimates the new experience 5G will bring in the future.
Speed is important. 5G can do more because it removes the barriers and limitations imposed by previous generations of wireless technology. Increased bandwidth, higher frequencies, higher response times, and a wider range of device configurations can all work together to create new experiences that no longer rely on data limitations and time lag.
Healthcare and robotics. Of course, data transmitted over 5G networks is not just a movie or music, but also a life-saving combination of robotics and medical technology, 5G can provide patients with remote diagnosis and even robotic surgery.
Automotive and the Internet of Things. Automakers are already developing systems that use 5G capabilities to connect dozens or even hundreds of nodes to communicate road conditions to drivers, other cars and urban networks, which can help ensure smooth and safe traffic.
Mixed reality with computing. The 5G low-latency properties free virtual and augmented reality systems from cables and even walls. High-speed 5G networks can make data transfer sifrom from a nearby computer. Processing multimedia files in cloud storage can be done instantaneously, giving users the feeling that all files are in on-premises storage.
Entertainment. 5G has undoubtedly opened up a new world in the field of content consumption. Emerging game streaming will benefit significantly from low-latency 5G networks, allowing cloud game servers to react quickly to user-provided input.