5G… The future is here
Intel says the pillars of telco transformation in the coming years will be 5G, AI, and the IoT.
What is 5G?
5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is the newest mobile network technology that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, buildings and so on.
Before we deep dive into 5G, let’s travel back in time to explore previous generations of mobile networks.
- 1G brought us analog voice
- 2G introduced us to SMS and picture messaging
- 3G was all about mobile data and internet
- 4G was about mobile broadband and streaming.
These generations emerged to provide us with more connectivity than was ever available before.
What does 5G mean to us?
The use of 5G is not limited to just our mobile phones. 5G provides the flexibility to support many use cases and hence we will not be surprise to see more and more industries open up and connect to one another.
These days, we often here about Elon Musk, Tesla and autonomous vehicle. 5G will definitely act as a catalyst that fuel the growth in autonomous vehicle. While these self-driving cars can use AI to navigate the streets, 5G networks help them to access the flow of traffic, allowing us to reach our destination faster.
The advancement in 5G technology will open up more discussions in the connected vehicle industry such as Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X). These terms simple mean that these vehicles behave like a mobile phone with an internet connection.
Through a landmark 5G Economy study, 5G is said to be driving global growth, contributing to $13.2 trillion worth of goods and services.
Where to from now?
While we can see that 5G brings a lot of benefits to the society, there are also some cybersecurity concerns that we need to look that. Having said that, I believe that this is an interesting space to watch and we should definitely keep an eye to see how we can use it in a smart way.