5G will start changing your life in 2019; it’ll shape every type of technology it touches

“Imagine playing a co-op shooter like Fortnite Battle Royale or PUBG on a VR headset — in real-time, with zero lag — all through your phone, while traveling in a fleet of self-driving cars going 200 miles an hour,” Digital Trends reports. “Sit tight, because the future of gaming, and everything else, is about to change forever.”

“While you may be thinking that 5G is just a little faster, a little more reliable, and a little newer, it’s actually more than that. It’s a massive breakthrough that’s going to change the way devices connect to the internet, and more importantly, to each other,” Digital Trends reports. “In fact, as 5G rolls out over the next two years, it’s going to change everything that uses a wireless connection; at this point, it is pretty much everything.”

“It’s like going from streaming one Netflix movie in HD, to streaming 400 films in 8k at the same time,” Digital Trends reports. “You’ll be able to interact with people, objects, or characters controlled by someone else, with no lag on either side. Play a real-time first-person shooter on your phone. Control virtual objects with other people simultaneously. Put on a headset and fly a drone or drive a car that’s somewhere else, in real life. Or, better yet, let it drive itself.”

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MacDailyNews Note: From IEEE:

The inconvenient truth of future 5G networks is that their increased high-speed bandwidth, and the use of the millimeter wave spectrum (the radio spectrum above 30 gigahertz) to achieve it, comes at a price: Those radio signals barely propagate around the corners of buildings.

To overcome this issue, the strategy has been a combination of small cells with massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas to increase coverage. Small cell deployment will be so extensive that the Small Cell Forum predicts 5G small cell will overtake 4G small cells by 2024. The total installed base of 5G or multimode small cells will reach 13.1 million by 2025, constituting more than one-third of the total small cells in use.

So, how do you manage to get all of these small cells dispersed throughout a city landscape where buildings are everywhere and there’s little open space for signals to travel?

Engineers at Vodafone, headquartered in the United Kingdom, have come up with an ingenious solution: make manhole covers do double duty as antennas for mobile communications.

Read more here.

10 Comments

  1. 5G will be a disaster. Air absorbs signals at those wavelengths. To counter the attenuation due to air and walls, power will have to be increased. NO ONE has done a study on the effects of that intensity of radiation at those wavelengths. Because the signal attenuates so much, you have to have MANY MANY repeaters. That’s just not going to happen outside a city, so 4G is here to stay for a LONG time.

    This is really just all marketing hype. You won’t feel the speed difference. It will just cost you more (5G needs bigger chips which are more expensive and take away valuable space for batteries). This is a disaster waiting to happen…

  2. 2019 is a laugh. Most major governments haven’t even started the frequency auctions they have to assign the bandwidths to the telcos. These won’t even take place until way later in 2019. The Telcos won’t invest in the infrastructure until they have their bandwidth assignments. Deploying the millions of micro cell repeaters with be a figgin’ nightmare using billions of kilometres to power and network cabling. This won’t be available 2021 or 2022. At this point I have no problem sticking with my 4G. Hell, it’s still faster than most wired connections I use. And WiFi speeds aren’t keeping up either.

  3. I think the writer might be on a new ‘improved’ treble strength Version of coollaid. Theory and practice rarely come together harmoniously, as wont 200mph autonomous cars. Either way It certainly won’t be Cook brand coollaid he’s on, that doesn’t come out till 2030 at least.

  4. Merry Christmas one and all! Happy New Year and welcome to an era of solutions looking for problems. I stopped reading the main article at “imagine being able to download 400 x 8k movies on Netflix in a jiffy…” is there a reason you would ever need (to pay for) that convenience? Is there a consumer SSD on this planet that has either the capicity or read/write longitity to do that a few (can’t think of one) times you would want/need to do that? Apple think children need a $1,000 gadget to sleepwalk around cheap, plastic Lego bricks. Lego was one of Apple’s tentpole features of ARKit 1.5. If children need iPads to play Lego during the theta stages of their lives…a child plays with a mud pie at a garden tea party, but to them it’s real. When a child has a broom between their legs – to them, they are riding a horse. Now we need a $1,000 gadget to play (gorilla arm?) Lego?! Tim Cook please, please…go joggging…organise (exclusive) LGBTQ parties..:run for pressie..:what ever. Stand down.

  5. 5G will be nice eventually, and will enable cool things, but autonomous vehicles don’t necessarily require 5G and mobile high res VR requires local processing power more than higher bandwidth (unless you’re implementing a thin client strategy to do it but that would require an entire re-engineering of the whole problem). And who needs hundreds of 8k movies instantly?

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