Originally published June 21, 2018
It feels like only yesterday that the power of 4G was unleashed on the world, offering speeds of up to 100 megabits per second and surpassing the performance of many wired networks, writes Lindsay Notwell, the senior vice president of 5G strategy and global carrier operations at Cradlepoint.
However, in reality it’s been eight years since its first introduction in 2010. Since then, the wireless industry has been working tirelessly on the fifth generation of wireless communications (5G). With the first commercial iterations of 5G now gradually starting to appear, we’re on the verge of the next revolution and all the benefits it will bring.
The arrival of 4G marked the turning point for many data heavy technologies such as music streaming and video conferencing, which rely on a fast, stable connection to prevent stuttering and constant buffering. Now, the launch of 5G is expected to have a similarly significant impact. Offering speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G and network latency in the single digit milliseconds, it’s expected to unlock the true potential of a swathe of fledgling technologies including virtual reality, remote-controlled robotics, telemedicine and autonomous cars.