In our previous post, you were introduced to the concept of 5G and its key attributes. This post discusses how 5G will be the fuel for the proponents of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The 4th Industrial Revolution builds on the Digital Revolution, representing new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even the human body. Internet of Things, Digital Realities, Quantum Computing, etc. Let’s take a look at how the key proponents are benefitted.
The 5G network will help establish the Internet of Things as an indispensable part of our world, by laying the foundation for unleashing its full potential. It’s estimated that a number of 20.4B connected devices will be operating by 2020. The existing wireless infrastructure does not have the capacity to accommodate so many devices and ensure the exchange of information without minor lags. IoT uses multiple connected devices to gather data in real time continuously over a particular period. An exchange of data on such a scale, however, puts a strain on the network and the battery life of the devices. The 5G network will see a 90% reduction in network energy usage, with up to 10 years’ worth of battery life for low power IoT devices. Healthcare, Retail, Logistics, Smart Cities are at present opening up their doors to AI and IoT.
When 5G becomes fully live, these domains will be the most benefited with a plethora of services able to function smoothly.
Business adoption of quantum computers and 5G mobile networks is likely to increase rapidly over the next several years. A report indicates that the global market for quantum computing services and hardware will exceed $6.4 billion USD by 2023 whereas quantum computing services delivered via 5G mobile networks will be a $417 million market by the same year. Present quantum computers are relatively shallow and error-prone — quantum supremacy, the threshold at which quantum computers can demonstrably solve problems faster than classical computers, has not yet been established. In order to bring out the full potential of quantum computing, a wireless protocol with an extremely high frequency (EHF) bandwidth is required.
Virtual and Augmented Realities has attained a widespread acceptance throughout the globe with its plethora of case studies from entertainment and beyond. More head gears and mobile applications being launched and re-launched, embedded with AR/VR capabilities. Along with the live streaming of events through VR platforms, learning, and other aspects through AR, digital realities have evolved a lot. They demand higher connectivity, with very low to zero buffering speeds. For a seamless, immersive real experience – latency and delays are to be removed and that is exactly what 5G offers in the space of digital realities.
Decentralized systems like blockchain, hyper-ledger, etc. are also gaining momentum as the day goes by. The distributed verification that is the core aspect of such systems will only be possible with high speed and low latent wireless network. The data speeds they require are far more than what the current architecture could offer. Be it 5G, 6G or future generations within the spectrum, they hold the key in unlocking the full potential of the quickly spreading Digital Revolution.
TA has always gone with the trends of the time and always had a keen eye for revolutionizing technological advancements. 5G is sure to be a revolution within the Digital Revolution. As with every technology, a better and improved version replaces itself. 5G is taking its baby steps. The concept for 6G is also being theorized and slowly worked upon even as 5G is slowly annexing territories.