With wireless internet speeds up to four times faster than 4G, 5G will revolutionize the internet. In fact, it will literally change the world. It is the platform that will support massive growth in applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). And it will be the technology that delivers virtual networks on-demand.
CES 2018 a 5G Showcase
Not surprisingly, this fifth generation of wireless internet was in the spotlight at CES 2018, which attracted over 3,900 exhibitors. Staged in Las Vegas by the Consumer Technology Association it ran from January 9 to 12. The event was where this next generation mobile technology finally entered the global spotlight.
For the first time, the sheer power and potential of 5G wireless internet could be seen and appreciated. The Consumer Electronics Show was a fitting place to showcase its capabilities.
Innovators and business leaders saw first-hand how the technology could take artificial intelligence (AI) to a new level. Plus, they came to understand how it will support not just automation but mobile innovation.
Additionally, how the science behind it will extend the battery life of mobile devices, open up new markets to businesses. And more surprisingly, spawn Smart Cities, transform healthcare and power advancements in driverless cars.
The 5G Features you will be Excited about
You may not be able to visualize it now, but 5G is set to change everything – even the way traffic lights operate. It won’t just make connecting to the internet quicker, or extend the battery life of your device by up to ten times. No, it will also change the way all of us – businesses and individuals – use Wi-Fi.
By the end of 2019, this fifth generation of wireless internet will become fully defined. In the meantime, you can rest assured it is being engineered to support a vast expansion of networks. It will aid businesses as they shift to using IoT applications. And it will help them seek out new revenue streams and move into previously unchartered marketplaces.
A Smarter Way to use the Internet
The industrial internet, which has been little more than a dream for the best part of a decade, is now a certainty. When it is available, it will offer network slicing which, in effect, will ensure virtual networks are available on-demand. In this emerging 5G market, the possibilities are literally endless. From a captain of industry to a casual browser, the fifth generation of wireless internet will deliver a better, smarter way to use the web. Here are the core benefits:
- High speed and connectivity: 5G is expected to be at least four times faster than 4G.
- Low Latency: According to CNET, the time lag between when a device sends information to a website and the response obtained from the network, will decrease to a single millisecond. That’s faster than the blink of an eye.
- Reliability: Access to super-high-speed wi-fi everywhere, indoors and out and about.
- Bandwidth: Radio technology will support huge numbers of connected devices in real-time with high bandwidth.
CES 2018 a catalyst for innovation
With scientists, academics and global brands all working hard to deliver 5G, it won’t be long before you are using it to manage everything! Imagine a seamless connection between your home appliances to transport.
The Consumer Electronics Show gave enthusiasts just a taste of what is to come. From showcasing driverless cars, built by the world’s leading car manufacturers, to the latest in biometric security, it was an initiation that left many begging for more. In fact, vehicle technology was a major theme of CES 2018. Ford delivered the opening keynote speech on the future of transportation.
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said:
“From 5G to Smart Cities, digital health, AI, VR/AR and more, the technologies that will shape the future of our planet and lives for the better were on display across the show floor.”
What’s next for fifth-generation Wi-Fi?
For most of us, 5G will not be a reality for more than a year. As a groundbreaking technology, full implementation could take until 2020. By then the realization of its true potential will have taken place.
In the meantime, I suggest you get ready to embrace a brave new world of automation.