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3 Future & Innovative Uses of 5G

5G is coming to disrupt the way we use mobile technology with a promise of faster connectivity and more reliable networks. Findland's mobile carrier Elisa just beat US and Asia by becoming the pioneers at offering the commercial 5G network to their customers. But, these next-gen telecom networks are expected to hit the market by 2020. 

What is the hype about? What will 5G change? Here are three surprising and innovative aspects that 5G will improve:

Harnessing the Internet of Things

One of the most talked about benefits of 5G is the capacity of being more energy efficient. But aside from that, many other specifications will make this evolvement of 4G something never seen before. Many of the advancements are going to positively affect the Internet of Things apps that are being developed and the opportunity to create better and more efficient systems. 

This article published in Gemalto lays down the many features that will come with the 5G network:

Up to 10Gbps data rate  - > 10 to 100x improvement over 4G and 4.5G networks 
1-millisecond latency
1000x bandwidth per unit area
Up to 100x number of connected devices per unit area (compared with 4G LTE)
99.999% availability 
100% coverage 
90% reduction in network energy usage 
Up to 10-year battery life for low power IoT devices


Making Self-Driving cars a more tangible reality

Tim Baxter, president of Samsung's US unit, said: "We are convinced that 5G is the next revolution." And, if 5G can make for safe and reliable self-driving cars, we'll have to believe it. 

The 5G network's power is expected to allow for a stable connection that would allow the right data and communication to happen between cars and sensors around urban places. It is not only the speed but the prowess that will come with an improved network. 

Taking VR and Healthcare to the next level

Healthcare has come a long way with the help of laparoscopic technology, but 5G may completely blow our minds with the advancements it could bring to the surgery room. Surgeons could perform surgery remotely using VR and a robot arm. Here's a video by Ericsson with a demonstration of how it would work:

Is the world prepared for the future? It seems creativity, technology and data are bringing us incredible applications that were once part of our wild imagination. And, with the strength of 5G, they can be made a reality. 

What are your thoughts on these uses? Would you allow your doctor to perform surgery remotely? We'll see.