With the need for mobile networks to become bigger, better, and faster, it is inevitable these types of networks will need to be elevated. The presence of the 5G (NR) network brings upon a change that will be implemented in all facets of technology starting with mobile networks and potentially making its way into smart spaces. All consumers of technology may potentially be impacted by the appearance of this network.
How is 5G Different?
Whether it has been noticeable or not, 5G has already started to hit the market. Many major mobile networks such as: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have started to implement 5G into Asian countries and select cities in the United States. The one common question that arises is: what is the 5G difference?
The three major components of NR that are its key differentiators from existing networks are:
- Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB): Provides faster speeds across a large coverage area
- Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC): Ability to support a large number of devices within a small area, aided by IoT.
- Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC): Less delay (latency) when streaming content or having wireless devices perform functions (ie: autonomous vehicles).
5G and the Cloud
With the main components of 5G relying heavily on providing less delay, more coverage, and faster speeds, the cloud is a very big component for ensuring the success of the network. The network itself provides the ability for the cloud to become more efficient in multiple aspects.
When an NR network enters a city, it improves the overall efficiency of IoT services. Therefore, efficiency of IoT can lead to major effects on city planning such as: pollution levels, water distribution, and autonomous vehicles. Additionally, with NR having lower latency, people will be able to transfer files easily, have access to faster hotspots, and access to offline cloud services such as Microsoft Azure. As the trend of remote work continues to rise, these are all important aspects to success.
What is the Potential?
All the qualities listed above sound desirable, but where is the practical benefit of the 5G network? Here are some industries NR will affect and how they impact everyday life:
- Manufacturing: Although this industry is mostly automated, 5G will enhance its efficiency. Companies will be able to shift into smart logistics systems, download applications to receive field data, and simulate the factory process.
- Connected Vehicles: According to ABI research institute , by 2030 41 million 5G connected vehicles will be on the road. 5G cars will be equipped with advanced sensor technologies and could potentially reduce fuel consumption.
- Connected Healthcare: With the rise of telemedicine, 5G be an integral component. According to Intel, other benefits of an NR network in healthcare include optimization of patient data, 24/7 monitoring of chronic illnesses, and reducing health care costs by over 1 trillion USD.
- Smart Cities: With the rising number of interconnected devices and the demand for sustainability, smart cities are on the rise. Ultimately, NR networks will enable even more sensors to gain valuable insights from foot traffic in a specific area to the amount of air pollution in an entire city.
The Bottom Line
5G has the ability to impact everyone on a daily basis, beyond IoT and cloud service providers. The network’s decreased latency and higher processing speed will change the way technology is used and implemented in all aspects.
How do you see 5G impacting your life?