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Industry Perspectives

May 04, 2021   •   1 minute read

The Impact of the 5G Network

5G future testingThe 5G network is making a significant impact on the world. Designed to bring new capabilities and opportunities to people and businesses, 5G connects billions of people to share information in real-time. On a consumer level, this elevates the entertainment experience and creates opportunities for more engaging education (more on that later). 5G also serves a life-saving purpose. 

While the technology is relatively new and has already shown potential, some people are hesitant to welcome 5G into their lives for a variety of reasons, namely possible environmental issues and increased prices for flagship phones. Then again, this hesitancy is part of the learning process, and researchers continue to expand 5G’s applications in the real world.  

For instance, video calls have been around for years now, but they have certainly come a long way since early 2020. Being able to freely video call multiple people from your laptop or mobile device has definitely come in handy during the COVID-19 pandemic when businesses levied work-from-home mandates. While these high-speed video calls enabled remote work, they also helped with kids' homeschooling and new opportunities with telehealth. 

Educators brought the classroom and healthcare professionals brought the doctor’s office directly to homes, conveniently and safely with the help of the 5G network. 

Consumers will also soon benefit from contactless home deliveries: "Consumers love the self-service economy, and with robots, drones and autonomous vehicles running on 5G, we'll do so much more," John Saw, executive vice president of advanced and emerging technologies at T-Mobile, said recently. 

On the education side, the University of Connecticut announced its Stamford campus would rely on a 5G network, making it one of the first in the nation to do so. 

“This will expand our abilities to teach and create areas such as mobile applications, systems development, 3D graphics, wearable tech—there are so many different courses we can now offer,” Terrence Cheng, the director of UConn Stamford said.

Ultra-fast wireless speeds are essential to our future for businesses and technology development everywhere. The 5G network will also lay the groundwork for more efficient and better processes.