5G is on its way to a neighborhood near you. You may even end up with an antenna in your front yard or a on a lamp post near your home. The telephone and wireless industries are racing to see who rolls out 5G first. With 5G, data speeds are expected to be 100 times faster than they are currently. The rollout will take several years and requires the installation of about 300,000 antennas, which (according to an article published online by CBS News) equals the total number of cell towers built over the last 30 years. With 5G, cellphone towers and related equipment will need to be closer to users of wireless devices.
The 7 things everyone should know about 5G:
- Wireless speeds will exceed cable broadband, presenting a competitive challenge to fiber and the cable industry
- 2019-2020 are expected to be inflection years, with new 5G applications scheduled for launch in the Spring of 2019
- 4 of the major US wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have plans to roll out 5G in the near future
- The Internet of Things (IoT) will experience exponential growth with new industrial applications;
- Communications will move much faster, down to milliseconds, chaperoning profound improvements in ecommerce, videoconferencing, surgery, and other applications
- There are risks associated with technology vulnerabilities and security threats.
- More research is needed on potential health threats posed by higher levels of radiation associated with the increased number of towers that will be much closer to where people live, sleep and work – such as in their yards.
CNN Money has created an informational video that provides an introduction to 5G and what it means for consumers and business. The graphics and animation are engaging, and discussion on automated vehicles, robots and IoT is particularly helpful.