The Impact of 5G

5G is building on with a revolutionary growth in bandwidth, better use of wireless spectrum, and improved connection reliability. This will not only improve existing use-cases but also provide vital flexibility and innovation space for new applications.

1. Smart Cities

Sensors and cameras will make up the majority of the data gathering after which cellular connectivity such as NB-IoT will transfer it to a Cloud service for acquisition and assimilation. This forms just part of the billions of devices that are expected to join the IoT ecosystem in the following decade.

2. Substituting your home broadband with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

A big market opportunity for 5G is in replacing your home broadband. Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is a device one plugs in anywhere at home that converts a fast 5G connection into home Wi-Fi/Ethernet, letting all your Wi-Fi-only devices such as laptops, tablets, smart TV, smart appliances, doorbell, security cameras, games console get the advantages offered by multi-Gigabit bandwidth 5G. For remote villages or developing countries, where internet services are sparse or difficult to wire, 5G could be the gateway to internet availability for the first time.

3. Internet of Vehicles (IoV), In-vehicle Infotainment

In the future, it’s expected that new services will be introduced into vehicles for in-vehicle entertainment such as 4K movies, TV, music, internet, ticket sales and advertising in buses, coaches, and trains. Public WiFi is a crucial asset for vacationists so this service surely has growth potential in the future.

4. Game Streaming (Gaming as a Service)

Instead of rendering the game on the smartphone itself, game streaming services do the heavy lifting remotely and stream the display output to devices. This, in turn, reduces the pressure on the smartphone, while concurrently opening up many lower-performance smartphones, or other devices such as smart TVs, to be able to play games with high-end graphics. It will also offer other advantages as well such as being able to pause a game on one device and seamlessly continue playing it on another.

5. Better connection reliability

5G enables much better spectral efficiency which means that the available wireless space is better used. It is designed to provide a larger capacity through better use of wireless air-space so that people see no notable difference in user experience.

6. The growth of remote interactions and XR

The remote-service model yields a real potential for services such as tele-education, -office, -industrial robotics or -health services.
Tele-education could provide increased real-time opportunities between students and teachers.
Office and industry can bring remote workers together to encourage closer working relationships, operational efficiency and working assurances.
Telehealth provides several applications such as remotely providing medical services to at-home patients, reducing the burden on hospitals. It can also help in providing the mission-critical connection backbone for remote surgeries, where a field-specialist is using precision robotic arms while being in another city or country.

XR describes the evolution of VR, MR and AR; a reality model that is not limited to the device but will continue to be an opportunity for future industries given above.

7. AI

AI is still in its application infancy. The balance between AI processing on-device or in the Cloud is likely to go back and forth as new software is created, opportunities are discovered and new services are launched and improved upon.

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