5 Incredible Benefits of 5G Technology

by Aisling Moriarty November 26, 2019
5 Incredible benefits of 5G technology

What are 5 incredible benefits of 5G technology? We’re going to outline our picks below and see what changes 5G is going to bring to every industry. We have already discussed what 5g is in our previous post, so assuming you have read it and understand 5G, keep reading to learn about its benefits.

What are the 5 incredible benefits of 5G?

There are many benefits that will come with 5G. Speed and low latency are the obvious ones. As we have discussed before, there is massive potential for average speed to reach 2Gbps (Verizon and AT&T are expecting their networks to eventually reach up to 10 Gbps), whereas 4G has an average speed of  24.6 Mbps. 5G latency is expected to be 1-4 milliseconds (ms), so almost 50 times faster than 4G’s 50 ms latency. So getting the obvious out of the way, what are the incredible benefits of 5G we mentioned?

1. Self – driving cars

Many people are predicting that 5G will enable safe and smarter self-driving cars. While companies such a Tesla are already deploying cars that can see and think, 5G will enable them to talk with one another. C-V2X a technology run on 5G, will allow vehicles to communicate wirelessly, unlocking the full potential of self-driving car technology. It will be interesting to see if Governments and regulators will get on board with this technology.

What could this mean for you and your business? Never run late to a meeting? Imagine being stuck in traffic and being able to call in for an important meeting no matter where you are. For sales reps that are always on the go, this would enable them to contact clients, and even send important documents quickly and securely. You could use a virtual fax solution like eComFax to send sensitive documents or using Recordia, access all your clients’ previous interactions so that you can get an idea of what they need or any problems that they are having before or during your call.

2. Healthcare

There is a lot of speculation on what 5G will bring to healthcare, mainly a rumor that robots will be performing all surgeries. But let’s take a look at a few more realistic scenarios. At the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vodafone revealed two 5G enabled health telecoms technologies. Working with San Raffaele hospital Barcelona, the developed 5g ambulances that allow real-time HD video streaming between paramedics and remote specialists when transporting patients. This technology was also used to allow specialists to communicate with surgeons to guide them through very complicated surgeries. Ericsson are also trialing this with special gloves that will allow the specialist to have the same sense of touch as if they were standing over the patient, while video from the operating theater is streamed directly in real time.  

3. 5G Smart cities

According to the United Nations, 55 percent of the world’s population live in cities. Managing the resources and operations can be costly and inefficient, that where 5G will come in. 5G will enable cities to be cost effective and efficient by automating and connecting everything. In order for this to work, everything must be connected- streets, buildings, public and personal devices. In order to achieve these sensors would need to be places everywhere to collect data. This would generate massive amounts of data, and then the sensors need to be communicated and fed back to the infrastructure to affect and change the operations in a city. Barcelona is currently embedding sensors to parking spots that connect to an app that direct drivers to available spaces. 5G offers scalability and reliability to smart cities and allow for fast real time transfer of data.

4. Virtual and augmented reality

The network 5G can unlock the full potential of Augmented Reality and Virtual with its high speed, high bandwidth and low latency. It offers the possibility for companies to improve communication with customers, offer live demonstrations to anyone and anywhere in the world and enable full use of their unified communications technology.

A recent Gartner study suggested that by next year, 100 million consumers will be using VR and AR for online shopping and indoors. 5G technology is an opportunity to accelerate the adoption of AR/VR in stores. The study found that AR/VR applications of 5G attract the most potential and the highest expectations for driving new revenue across all use cases, such as real-time rendering for immersive video, shorter download and set up times and an extension of brands and shopping experiences beyond stores. 5g has the potential to optimize warehouse resources, enhance store traffic analytics and enable beacons that communicate with shoppers’ smartphones.

5. Connecting the rural areas to the rest of the world

While it is maybe not the coolest of possibilities that 5g can bring, it is an important one. With 5G, rural communities that are otherwise cut off from innovative technology can benefit immensely from 5G. It offers the possibility to aid in agriculture, detect of water levels to help combat floods, reports on road conditions so if there are any crashes or delays they can be reported or report any dangerous potholes that need to be filled. A South Korean village that boarders North Korea have been enjoying the benefits of 5G. It has enabled farmers to control all irrigation from their homes, offered its 12 school children try out sports that they do not have equipment for and has relieved its elderly population of stress by enabling a device that sends out a distress signal to the mayor who can then check on them.  

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