Paving the way for a lightning-fast next generation of wireless services has made the United States the first country to set aside a great amount of airwaves for so-called 5G wireless applications and networks.
International companies namely Verizon and AT&T already were moving closer to adopting 5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and maybe 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks.
There is a worldwide race to adopt 5G. South Korea and Japan plan to deploy it by the time they host the Olympics, in 2018 and 2020, respectively. The European Commission along with the Asians all are working on 5G research efforts.
Policymakers and mobile phone companies have said the next generation of wireless signals needs to be much faster and far more responsive to allow advanced technologies like virtual surgery or controlling machines remotely.
5G technology could have a broad impact beyond things like speeding up movie downloads. For example, it could improve road traffic by monitoring sensors in streetlights, roadside architecture and cars. It could even help detect air pollution using sensors in trees.
“There is seemingly no limit on how what we refer to as 5G could impact our everyday existence.”