Instructor: Aleksi Aaltonen, Section 002


The federal Communication Commission is looking to auction US licenses that will allow 5G services. 5G will allow speeds to be about 100 times faster than the current cellular speeds we experience now. There are a few more benefits as well. It can increase the responsiveness and allow more people being on the same network without any delay or lagging. Having less delay and response time can help other technology improve dramatically such as VR, drones, self driving vehicles, and social media apps. Self Driving vehicles can allow accelerated information such as finding out the location and speeds more effectively. VR devices would be able to display a much more advanced experience that consumers would enjoy. Social media apps, such as Facebook Live would be able to have more clear live videos of everyone. Drones are similar to the self driving vehicles that would give us more data and footage needed. 5G is coming soon and will impact all of our lives dramatically. What features are you looking for most that will be impacted by 5G networks?

6 Responses to 5G

  • More bandwidth is always nice – we seem to always find more and more bandwidth hungry services to use whatever is available. However, I think lower latencies are in some ways even more important as you hint – more reliable and lower network latency will probably allow new kinds of applications that require high real-time precision.

  • I always wondered what was taking the United States so long to develop their 5G services. There are many other countries that have pushed their 5G services already, like South Korea, Japan, and China. It seems like the companies in the US took their time to implement this. In my opinion, I would think it would just be because these companies didn’t find the need to invest into 5G, and instead focused on other technologies that they would have found more profitable. While the other countries probably believed investing in 5G early would be profitable for them.

  • 5G services are essentially important in today’s technology, it can essentially be a driving force for facilitating self-driving car, improving drone’s camera’s resolution and such. However, I agree with Professor Aleksi, because having a stable connection, low latency and adequate amount of bandwidth is the essence of facilitating those services in order to increase the efficiency and quality of the self-driving car, live video, and other application that require stable connection to the network.

  • The internet is a very powerful tool. Now-a-days we are all connected through our devices. Bandwidth is the one thing that is holding us back! Allowing us to get more bandwidth (5G) would only improve our experiences. Now if only we could find a better form of input…….. thumbs are very slow -_-

  • It seems interesting that it has taken this long for the United States to increase their bandwidth and expand to 5G. An article stated that 5G is the key to America’s economic and national security, however we’re still falling behind other countries in this matter. 5G will be the necessary component in many advancements that we talk about in class, such as smart cities and like you mentioned, self-driving car. These advancements can also aid with pollution, traffic, security, and waste management. The biggest step will be for the US to tackle infrastructure challenges to implement this technology.

  • Your point about the introduction of 5G network being an enabler of other technologies is very interesting, and not something I would immediately consider. While most of us will clearly enjoy the immediate benefits of 5G speeds on our mobile devices, perhaps the benefits this will provide developing technologies (such as CVT, AI, autonomous vehicles, etc.) will be more significant and long lasting. Another possible effect of 5G services that could be easily overlooked is the impact it might have on the financial industry, particularly investment banks; this is an industry where internet speed can make a difference of millions of dollars per day, as electronic trades can today be processed at high speeds and high frequency. If network speeds will universally be improving, and if investment banks rush to take advantage of this new service, I wonder what both the real and nominal effects will be on the financial services sector and even the overall stock market.

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