Is 5G really the future?
The speed with which communication is becoming faster and technology is becoming all-pervasive; it is hardly a surprise that from 1G and 2G, it hardly took a decade to arrive at 5G. Now that it has arrived and being hailed as the future of all communication and technological possibilities, one must revaluate its potential while all the superpowers are in the world are competing to claim their fame in the 5G world. 5G, if successful, will ensure automation for the simplest of things.
However, there is clearly a division as not everyone is going gaga over this new technology. While the government is insisting upon investing a large sum of money for the research and development of this new technology, critics are clearly stating the issues that 5G has. For example, 5G is not an infrastructure to implement.
What are the benefits?
Of course, before one embraces a new technology, it has to provide significant upgrade and progress to prove its worth. Hence, 5G has to address its basic criticism with the possible benefits and the scale of such benefits. Of course, the improvement of mobile broadband speed is evident which, the researchers claim, will contribute to various other things.
Among the major changes, researches argue that the IoT or internet of things will be truly revolutionized by 5G. Huge amount of data can now be transmitted in a flash and hence, processed to produce significant results across the globe. So much so, health monitoring can be done without doctors and in future, they might just be needed only for critical cases.
Automation will increase
If IoT gets the greatest boost, then the immediate impact would be on automation. This is reflected on the excitement surrounding driverless cars that are soon to become pervasive. Drones can be used for quick deliveries and robots will be cargo pushers. In short, human labour may well be eliminated in the time to come as smart objects are taking over the world. The logic of human errors can also be eliminated in this process which will improve the efficiency of the overall process.
Surely, this has led to wide range of collaborations between delivery services and automation technologies. Although the project has started in few European cities, its success will surely spread the process across Europe and USA. Another major breakthrough in this process is the arrival of virtual reality for seeing things at home. In short, you can see your future home and its design sitting on your sofa without having to travel.
Words of caution
While the excitement is abound and people are waiting to spring into the 5G exodus, there have been words of caution from various sectors based on the reports that have come up in terms of telecommunication infrastructure. The report shows that, although UK desires to be the number one in 5G, it is not even in the top 10 among 4G using nations. In fact, its rank is 54th which surely rings an alarm bell regarding the quick implementation of 5G.
In fact, the report also points out that there are quite a few places in UK that have no communication or network coverage. Such digital deserts are surely problematic because all these delivery systems and automated processes will come to a halt if 5G is not seamless across the country in a pervasive way. Hence, it is necessary to ensure that 4G becomes all-pervasive first before the government starts thinking about applying 5G. In fact, some scholars have pointed out that the speed may not be the need of the hour as if the proliferation of network.