A trio of global technology experts discussed the emerging 5G technology at Dreamforce 2019 , covering the global implications for the new platform and the potential it has for changing the way most of the world operates.
5G is the next generation of mobile broadband, slated to, if not replace, at least accompany, the current standard 4G LTE broadband connection. 5G of course offers exponentially faster download and upload speeds. Latency–the time it takes devices to communicate with each other via wireless networks--will also drastically decrease.
The panel consisted of Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang, CEO of the KT Corporation; Casper Klynge, Tech Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; and Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. The group’s focus was on 5G’s relationship with the ever-growing presence of artificial intelligence (AI).
The panel predicted that 15% of world’s connections, or 1.1 billion users, will be on 5G by 2025, though 4G will remain important for years to come, representing about half of the world’s connections by 2025.
5G’s impact will be felt, though, providing much higher speeds at lower latency, allowing more advanced technologies like AI to become increasingly integrated into the everyday lives of more people.
Current AI systems require a great deal of computational power, and 5G’s cloud-based functionality allows them to run at a much lower amount.
As 5G technology is embraced, it will have a wide-reaching effects, offering potentially revolutionary changes in areas ranging from healthcare to traffic and energy. Even more futuristic applications such as hologram technology and self-driving cars will also be boosted significantly by the presence of 5G.
“We need 5G and IoT together with AI and big data ... with that those four components together, you will have some awesome platform,” Granryd said. “With 5G, we will have the ability in future releases to do something called network slicing, which means that we will be able to dedicate resources to a hospital or to an enterprise.”
In order to integrate 5G on a larger scale, the panel agrees that governments and business must work together to make these advances feasible.
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