I am a parent, futurist, and technologist. My career has spanned the birth of personal computers to the rise of cloud computing.
Does the 5g network of today have value?
One of the evolutions in technology around us is the increased availability of 5G networking services in the United States and throughout the world. Over the last few months, I've argued that we should go full bore into deploying 5G and not further push wired solutions. That is because you can serve more people with 5G with fewer trenches. But the other side of 5G becomes what else you can do? What is the value of 5G?
Let's talk about some of the "current" values for 5g. Our initial foray will be into edge computing. Edge computing has several definitions. For this conversation, the argument that I'm going to propose is that edge computing is all about moving what the user needs closer to the user. Many years ago, I talked about just-in-time data for sales professionals. Just-in-time data means the system reads your calendar, sees that you have a meeting with XYZ company, and makes sure that you have all the current information about that company. Sales reps are more powerful when they know what's happening with their customers. The value of an edge solution is as the salesperson is driving along, you are no longer bound to a smaller download package. They can download a lot more data via 5g. You can create a more interactive and larger download with lower latency for the salesperson as they drive. The solution still works if the salesperson walks instead of driving or taking public transportation. You still have the availability of pushing a large amount of data to the sales rep. Data is the key. If you have more information when you meet with the customer, you will be able to provide them with a better answer.
The next consideration of what is 5G in the future the new area of private 5G. The concept of public 5G is your cell phone walking around the city's streets where you live, receiving a 5G signal, and doing whatever you normally do with your cell phone. Private 5G allows an organization to have its own 5G network. First off, it will have a different spectrum than the public 5g. Next, it will require a second IMEI for that phone. But the private 5g infrastructure can tell you when the SIM is in a new phone. So that reduces the risk of signal theft. Most phones shipped after 2021 can have a second, called an eSIM. One physical and one virtual sim means the user can continue using their cell phone to connect to the public 5G networks provided by the telcos. But when they are in a facility with access to the 5G network that the company owns, they can operate on that network. A private 5G network will considerably open the world of manufacturing automation. It will allow manufacturers to have robotic devices that are not bound to the latency previously with old networks that force them to be less efficient. A ubiquitous private 5G network will allow the robots to do their jobs without stopping. The other side of it is that a private 5G network offers an additional security barrier; you can't get on the network if you don't have the SIM for that network. Unlike other networks today, where it is a passcode rather than hardware. Passcodes tend to be long, complex, and often on a piece of paper under a user's keyboard!
5g Is More Information in More Places, When You Need That Information!
The first two I mentioned predominantly will benefit businesses; from a user perspective, the world of streaming, which has exploded in the last five years, will explode again. Now you can watch anything you want to watch anywhere you are. Connect your phone to a 5G network, and away you go. You can download movies, watch live television, or interact with any streaming services. In March, my favorite basketball team was in the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years. I watched the first game because it was a stream on my cell phone. Because I had 5G, I didn't have glitches, lags, or screen loss. I was able to see the entire game and watch my team win. To me, that was worth gold.
So you have three very quick examples of ways that 5G will benefit businesses and users. There are many more. Imagine a connected ambulance that has access to a 5G network. It allows the Doctor to engage with paramedics on a much deeper level. It also allows the doctors to interact with the paramedics at a much greater level. Because they will receive the telemetry from all the instrumentation on the ambulance, and you see what I see on a camera worn by the paramedic. It will give doctors a significant advantage in treating virtually all human issues requiring an ambulance ride.
I won't even go into the many other value propositions we could provide by a 5G network. There is a whole world of remote scientific sensors. You can connect them by the public 5G network, and those sensors can share their data more quickly with the scientists watching the atmosphere, listening for earthquakes are watching for earthquakes. I'm not sure which one you do. In the future, we will get more information to more people more quickly with 5G.
Today, I will end this simple statement while 5G is in the rollout process. About half of the people in the US get a true 5G signal. True 5G means that you have at least 1.1 to 1.5 gigs of available network bandwidth. The nationwide 5G in the US is less than one gig now. 4G LTE remains the predominant network and will be the predominant network worldwide for at least the next 3 to 5 years. But as 5G rolls out and as you begin to see more and more services converted to the concept of a lower latency high-bandwidth network, you will see more things that benefit you as a person. 5G is the future, now.
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