5G is going mainstream this year.
Why it’s important: Breakthroughs by Qualcomm have helped make 5G’s progress – including potential new innovations in telemedicine, remote education, smart factories, and agriculture – possible.
And 5G’s social benefits are not far behind. 5G can:
- Pioneer new user experiences.
- Build stronger mobile connections between families and friends.
- Create jobs and support enhanced productivity.
What Qualcomm’s saying:
“At Qualcomm, we have been really pushing the boundaries of technology with 5G. We believe it is a critical, operational platform on which to do business.”says Francesco Grilli, VP, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.
The five 5G changes to watch for:
1. The telemedicine revolution
Superior, security-rich 5G connectivity can empower doctors to do more for their patients remotely than what’s possible now. Among the possibilities:
- Doctors perform remote check-ups and review with colleagues with near real-time vital signs monitoring.
- Parents watch an ultrasound from different time zones.
If medical professionals can use 5G connectivity to diagnose and treat people who need care, telemedicine could help narrow the urban-rural divide.
2. The disruption of remote education
5G’s reliability, increased data capacity and faster speeds are built to allow students to learn and collaborate remotely with their peers, contributing to new ways of learning. Students:
- Experience broader access to classes with top-rated teachers.
- Work together on large, complex files, such as 3D drawings in near real-time.
- Enjoy shared interactive experiences remotely, i.e. virtual field trips.
The result: New avenues for innovation in education.
3. The higher-functioning mobile workplace
Imagine: Colleagues on different states collaborating remotely on high-definition, large files in near real-time, transforming how we design an airplane engine.
It’s possible because of 5G’s fast speeds, reliability and low latency.
Why it’s important: These capabilities can strengthen the 5G connections that unlock opportunities for roles beyond the office job.
4. The transformation of smart factories
5G’s impact on smart factories is poised to transform the industry, giving manufacturers and employees the ability to:
- Develop products faster.
- Reconfigure a wireless factory quickly and efficiently.
- Increase productivity.
- Make critical decisions fast while enhancing safety.
The idea: By wirelessly connecting workers and equipment, manufacturers can benefit from opportunities such as predictive maintenance, a data-driven way to troubleshoot equipment before it fails.
5. Connecting the last mile
Many U.S. farms produce crops and would benefit from wireless connectivity that can make growing food smarter and more efficient. But installing fiber in rural areas is costly, with few farms having access to a reliable connection.
- Enter 5G, which can transform places with less connectivity.
Here’s how: 5G-connected devices and AI-enhanced data analysis can help farmers remotely monitor crops. What this means:
- More time saved.
- Increased output.
- Less guesswork.
Qualcomm’s view: “2020 is all about the expansion of 5G nationwide, and we are just getting started as 5G becomes the connectivity fabric for everything around us.” Grilli says.
The takeaway: From telemedicine to agriculture and beyond, 5G is designed to help connect people and technology in new ways, transforming how we work, live and communicate.