5G has brought with it a new wave. The US population right now is 328 million, and about 269 million have a smartphone. The year 2020 may have been economically and financially heavy due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, 126 million new smartphones were shipped across the country alone.
If you wonder how many homes have cable TV and broadband Internet, it’s 95.9 percent of the 120 million houses, as per the 2019 Nelson Report. Giant ISP and cable companies like Spectrum Internet are happily meeting the needs of Americans.
This tells how deeply we value our connected status. Among the many reasons people throughout the country prefer being connected is tech innovation. From smart home gadgets to foldable and now rollable, topped by the 5G Internet, who wouldn’t want to be in the loop!
Speed Is the Future
Sure the smart devices out there are cool, but what is it about tech that connects all that coolness to the Internet? It’s speed! Cisco says that by 2023, broadband speeds are expected to double, whereas Wi-Fi and mobile data speeds to triple. Cisco also predicts the global average download speed will reach 110.4 Mbps.
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5G is Here… Almost
The year 2020 was supposed to be the big year of deploying 5G. It turns out it is going to take some time. Carriers have started rolling out their 5G coverage, but the service is limited, and hence many companies have stopped marketing 5G smartphones, at least for now.
Customers would want to be sure 5G is deployed properly before they upgrade their devices. The average speed for 5G is predicted to reach 575 Mbps.
If you haven’t heard, 6G is in progress too. In October 2020, 6G Symposium was organized at Northeastern University to talk about the 6th gen wireless tech. But nothing’s final, not until 5G rollouts are complete.
A Safer Future
5G will bring a world of new opportunities with it. However, initially, its use will be focused on areas that require uber-fast speed. These include military, first responders, and other demanding areas.
The defense department wants to introduce 5G to the military to use VR tools for training purposes. Uber-fast speed combined with low latency will enable an environment that facilitates AR equipment and drones for improved visibility. As this technology reaches its maturity, it will enable a safer future.
Revolution in the Gaming Industry
Another area where 5G is to leave a significant impact on gaming. It’s one of the areas where latency is a matter of life and death (speaking virtually). Avid gamers know that speed is everything.
The lag of a millisecond could make them lose the game. But it won’t be feasible for homeowners to upgrade their Internet plan to 5G speed. That’s why it’s expected that gaming companies might form a partnership with companies offering 5G or perhaps introduce mini packages for gamers so that they taste the sweetness of uber-fast speed.
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There Remain Untapped Opportunities
The success of 4G can be attributed to Apple’s iPhone. When it comes to 5G, the potential of this technology has yet to be explored. Its application at the enterprise level could be massive.
However, for large-scale adoption, the manufacturing of 5G-enabled devices needs to be massive. A few devices have rolled out, but the infrastructural limitations and non-availability of 5G have been a hurdle in the adoption.
What’s the Future of 5G?
We are unsure how quickly the 5G tech becomes a part of everyday life and how it will change our lives. The end of 2020 will build anticipation for the transformation of this tech.
If you happen to live in an area where 5G services are available, providers like Charter Spectrum offer 5G services and 5G-enabled devices. You can always dial the Spectrum cable phone number and talk to an agent for more details on this. However, it’s best to wait till the technology is rolled out completely.
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