According to tech writers and experts, the central theme of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year was the “road to 5G”.
Devindra Hardawar of Endgaget said that it’s natural that brands do so because 5G, the next-level, ultra-fast Internet speed is expected to be utilised by top telco firms of giand economies in 2020.
“Expect 2016 to be the year when all of the talk around 5G starts to feel like more than hype. It seemed as if the big tech companies couldn’t shut up about it at Mobile World Congress this week—and for good reason,” said Hardawar.
Stephen Shankland of CNET said that 5G was every brand’s concern at the MWC in Barcelona. “You can hear promises of 5G-powered drones, watch 5G toy cars race around, see demonstrations of 5G gory details like beamforming and millimetre-wave radio (don’t ask), and use virtual-reality headsets to create virtual art with another person linked over 5G.”
According to Ericsson, 5G has data rates of 10 Gbps, enough speed to download an HD movie in seconds. It said that it would open doors to more technologies and would improve existing ones in mobile, desktop, or how everything connects and operates through the Internet.
“5G is the next step in the evolution of mobile communication and will be a key component of the Networked Society. To enable connectivity for a wide range of applications and use cases, the capabilities of 5G wireless access must extend far beyond those of previous generations. These capabilities include very high achievable data rates, very low latency and ultra-high Reliability,” the tech company said in a white paper titled 5G Radio Access.
All in all, even small brands will be encouraged to use 5G as years go by. However, the high-speed Internet technology will only be available initially to First World countries, so those who live outside them have no choice but to wait while they make do with 4G LTE.