The Next Frontier in technology seems to be 5G. The Federal Communications Commission gave the green light to the next revolution in wireless technology, which could be a huge income generator. For now, nobody knows exactly what the revolution will bring.
The agency laid the foundation for this revolution, by approving a set of rules to open high-frequency airwaves for multiple uses. These airwaves could be used for telecommunications, medicine, self-driving cars, smart factories, and houses.
The new technology is still under development. It will allow extensive use of waves that will expand the information carrying and storage capacity of the system. This breakthrough will be known as fifth generation technology, in short 5G. Every ten years there is an advance in wireless technology that moves it a generation forward. We will probably see the results of this new technology beginning with 2020.
Most people make an association between the Gs and cell phones. But this is a broader term, for upgrades in many forms of wireless technology, even satellites. Usually, as the technology grows, the FCC make more bandwidth available to the public.
FCC Chairman said on Thursday that the agency’s role is going to be setting rules to maintain competition and let innovators’ imagination loose.
The former 4 G generation was expected to bring more speed and an increase in wireless video. However, no one could predict that 4G would be used for Uber ride sharing, Snapchat or Instagram. But the improved technology made all that possible.
So there’s really no way to predict completely what 5G will bring. However, we know it’s going to put the US “at the forefront of innovation,” said Richard Adler, from the Institute for the Future, in Palo Alto, California.
Here’s what we know so far:
5G is going to be faster. It will be 10 to 100 times faster than current wireless technology. This may allow 5G to be used in remote surgery and self-driving cars.
It may also be used in smart factories, to co-ordinate robots and machinery. For now, the cell-phone technology will not change very much, as the new 5G requires special relays, the size of a smoke detector, but a lot more than current relay-antennas on buildings.
All in all, the future’s bright. We just don’t yet know how bright.
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