Hello 5G! Things You Need To Know About This Major Disruption Ahead

2019 is the year when the telecommunication industry will finally begin its transition to 5G. New fifth-generation cellular networks are quickly becoming a reality and are expected to help run everything from self-driving cars, streaming virtual reality to robotic and long-distance surgeries.  Mobile 5G is expected to be widely adopted in selected cities around the U.S. in 2019, with more comprehensive rollouts expected in 2020.

The next-in-line to the current 4G –LTE promises rapid transfers of huge volumes of data that, in all likelihood, will bring major changes to a wide range of consumer and health products. 

What You Should Expect From 5G in 2019?

Limited network reach

The network is expected to gradually pick up momentum and may take some time in becoming extensively responsive to the high expectations set around this revolutionary technology. 5G compatible phones will be available in the middle of 2019. Deloitte’s TMT Predictions 2019 report claims that approximately one million 5G-phones will be shipped this year, out of estimated 1.5 billion global smartphone sales. Users may observe a restrained network speed initially as 5G coverage will be limited to certain areas at first. Analysts predict it will take a few years for 5G to be independent of relying on current wireless standards.

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In a recent panel discussion at CES 2019, 5G network’s impacts and its revolutionary innovations were widely discussed. 5G, with its technological impacts, can spur innovations in areas including healthcare, smart cities, IoT, telemedicine etc. It will replace mainstream real-time interactions and enable interaction with people, objects, or characters in a connected synergy, with no lag on either side. One of the most anticipated breakthroughs 5G is expected to enable are self-driving cars because it will virtually eliminate latency, send data, and communicate with traffic lights, road sensors, aerial drones, etc. Lower latency could also help revolutionize multiplayer mobile gaming, factory robots, telemedicine and other tasks demanding a quick response—all areas where today's 4G networks struggle to deliver.

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Reinventing Industry 4.0.

5G promises to deliver true Industry 4.0. by reconfiguring factories, enabling mobile robots and automated guided vehicles, and connecting moving parts. This will result in scalability and improvements in maintenance costs. The Industrial IoT (IIoT) could connect machines and devices to each other in capacities where system failures and downtime are not an option. Reliability, latency and bandwidth of 5G will prove to be transformative in situations that have the potential for very significant gains or losses. 5G also has the potential to enable innovative, faster production methods. For instance, by using wearable technology such as augmented reality (AR) glasses in the assembly line, workers will have more information at their fingertips, potentially resulting in higher productivity.

Already, a global 5G race is underway. While smartphones may be our first introduction to 5G, it's most significant impact may be felt in how it connects us to everything else. 

We at Strategic Systems International know that 5G will impact the IoT space dramatically. Therefore, working with an IoT specialist is important. Our IoT experts can help adjust your IoT deployments enabling you to take full advantage of 5G and IoT as soon as the latest generation of cellular networks becomes publicly open. Get in touch with us

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