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The 5G Future (TechRepublic PDF)

 "Artificial intelligence is coming—home assistants, smart homes, smart cities, all of those things are becoming real. We used to be talking about it in the past and now you’re seeing it day to day."
 - Ana Tavares Lattibeaudiere

Addendum: 5G is not causing Coronavirus.

Here. Yep, gotta make an account to download it. It is fairly old, as it was published in 2018. So, to them, we're already living in the future of 5G, and it's a bit underwhelming. Isn't all new tech at first?


It's been quite a while since we've written about our old friend, 5G technology for phones and other mobile devices.




 Huawei differentiates 5G from other cell technologies via 3 points:

  • # of connections. 5G should have a million per square kilometer.
  • Latency - How slowly things are transferred over the network - should be very little. 
  • Also, self-driving cars are going to be using 5G.
  • Throughput - The amount of things that can pass through or use a service at once.


5G Benefits:

Remote workers. No word if 'remote' is synonymous with 'rural'. The write up suggests not. If so, I'd wonder if it was the US trying to skip giving rural America decent internet service to just jump to 5G. "Half of Connections in North America will be on 5G by 2025" (ZDNet, 2017) - Here, in 2020..You know, Verizon gave us a good start in April 2019, and T-Mobile kept it up in December of 2019.


Also, a lot of feature (basic) phones and older smartphones have been rendered unusable for modern networks - Verizon is giving the minuscule percent of people on its CDMA network until the end of 2020 to leave. You probably already have a smartphone, so no need to worry!

 No need to jump to upgrade to a 5G phone quite yet - The areas for their full use are still fairly limited. Many are also kicking around 600$ or so, but that may be no big deal to you.




As this report is fairly old, a lot of it is redundant to talk about, but I will point out this section - "How 5G Could Add $533B to US Economy By 2024".

Basically, creating the policies for how a network can be implemented, updating our wireless infrastructure, and actually implementing it will stimulate the economy.  Now we have to convince people that 5G will not make you grow an eye stalk or something.

We're certainly going to need that now.

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