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5G Mobile Wireless Technology

(United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland - Alvin Wei-Cheng Wong)


Mobile revolution has changed everything. The next generation of wireless networks, the ‘fifth generation’ or 5G of which is seen as consumer oriented, will change the way we communicate, the way we do business, the way we do everything! The impact of 5G will extend well beyond telecommunications: by connecting people, machines and things on a massive scale. 5G networks will combine numerous wireless technologies, such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and millimeter wave technology to push mobile connection speeds over 100 megabits per second. 5G will also leverages cloud infrastructure, intelligent edge services and virtualized network core. 

Instead of point-to-point communications provided by legacy mobile networks, 5G will move packets of data following the most efficient path to their destination. This shift enables real time aggregation and analysis of data, moving wireless technology from communication to computing. Four factors distinguish 5G from its predecessors: connected devices, fast and intelligent networks, back-end services and extremely low latency. These qualities enable a fully connected and interactive world with a variety of applications. 

5G wireless technology will provide the backbone for IoT (e.g., Health IoT) that greatly improves data transfer speeds and processing power over its predecessors. This combination of speed and computing power will enable new applications for mobile technologies, especially in health care. By 2020, the 5G network will support more than 20 billion connected devices, 212 billion connected sensors and enable access to 44 zettabytes of data gathered from a wide range of devices from smartphones to remote monitoring devices. Healthcare organizations are eager to embrace IoT devices because they save money by keeping patients out of the hospital. If IoT devices can diagnose people in advance then that saves huge costs. 

While 4G wireless mobile technology revolutionized the consumer market, 5G is set to transform the industrial space.



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