12 September, 2017

The technological and economic revolution of 5G

The new generation promises 20 gigs per second average speed and a delay of just one millisecond

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5G is just around the corner. Even when the 4G has not been completely deployed, the technology does not wait for anyone. The fifth generation of mobile telephony will be faster and more efficient, and will be a complete revolution not only in communications but in the world of technology in general. Asian countries and the United States will be the first to install this new generation that promises to change everything.

The first and most obvious difference from 4G is the speed that this new generation will be able to reach. According to the researchers, it will run 100 times faster than the current one, with 20 gigabytes per second average speed, surpassing by far today’s fiber optic networks. By calculating, a movie can be downloaded in as little as ten seconds. But the main improvement that 5G will bring is the reduction of the response time a device takes to execute an order since the signal is sent, which is known as latency. The delay will be a millisecond with the new generation.

These advances favor the development of the so-called Internet of Things. The future is the interconnectivity between mobile phones, computers, vehicles, appliances and even the home itself through home automation. In this way, the digitization of the industry will experience a considerable acceleration. Cases such as robotics, the entertainment industry, automotive, remote surgery, ultra-high definition video, industrial processes … will notice a total evolution that will take them to unimaginable levels of technological vanguard.

Although Spain is one of the leading countries in 4G coverage, it will follow the same pace as the European Union in the 5G implementation, a step behind Asia and the United States. This is because the 28 are working to set a standard for all operators and define the radioelectric spectrum band that will occupy the services. What is clear is that investment in this technology will be considerable. Approximately 50 billion euros by 2020 will mean, according to forecasts by the European Commission, the creation of 2 million jobs and 141 billion wealth.

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