5th generation– gonna reach market soon. 5G is a wireless broadband technology based on an 802.11ac package. This was announced at The annual Consumer Electronics Show.
In a panel discussion at CES, a trio of executives from Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Nokia discussed how 5th generation (5G) could transform industries ranging from transportation to manufacturing.
“5G (5th generation) is a departure in terms of network architecture,” said Chris Stark, chief business development officer at Nokia. “Part of what this is about is creating new opportunities. We will see more functionality at the edge, with massive speeds, low latency and a large number of connectivity points.”
Enhanced virtual-reality capabilities, digitally integrated infrastructure and transportation systems, and “smart” manufacturing – items and ideas all considered ways off as recently as two or three years ago – stand to benefit immensely from the advent of connectivity, which the world is likely to see as soon as this year.
“This technology is going to offer new types of services that were not possible before, but also reduces the cost,” Matt Grob, executive vice president of technology for Qualcomm Technologies, said Monday during a 5G-focused panel discussion at CES. “The demand is really clear.”
But once 5G is fully up and running – with isolated tests and rollouts expected as soon as late 2018 and full adoption likely in place by 2020 –one would be able to download that same movie in 3.6 seconds.
“This kind of ‘fibre experience in your pocket’ is not a bad way to describe it. But it’s also so much more,” said Erik Ekudden, head of technology and architecture at Ericsson. “Any system that we’ll be talking about here, any industrial system, could really benefit from this.”
Grob, also discussed 5G’s ability to enhance vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, allowing cars on the road to receive information about which vehicle may be braking or swerving in front of them before a human driver can react.
“The number of fatalities [on the road] is unacceptably high, and this is the kind of an area where the requirements of a radio link require 5G connectivity,” he said. “What that means in highway speeds – [a vehicle being able to react to something] 6 to 8 feet [in front of it] – that’s a lifesaver.”
Indeed, the technology doesn’t seem nearly as far off as it once did, and its enhanced download and operating speeds open the door to the kinds of futuristic innovations that were merely concept models at CES conferences past.
“Imagine what’s going to be possible in a 5G world. It’s truly amazing to ruminate on this,” Koenig says.
Some 5G rollouts are already planned for 2018. Samsung announced last Wednesday that it will provide Verizon with routers and radio frequency planning services for the carrier’s initial 5G commercial rollout that will begin in Sacramento, Calif., in the second half of 2018.
Source- ZD net