5G mobile broadband is on its way
In the next few years, 5G will fundamentally transform our lives, bringing us a society and environment where everything is smarter and more connected. From smart cities to intelligent wind farms, agriculture, and hospitals, the Internet of Things and connected infrastructures will generate zettabytes of data from an estimated 50 billion devices—more than there are people on earth. Some of the biggest companies in the broadcast industry are taking steps to develop 5G and be fully operational by the year 2020.
International Business Machines and Ericsson have announced a research breakthrough that could accelerate the launch of the 5G communications networks and support new mobile enterprise and user experiences enabled by high data rates, including the Internet of Things (IoT), connected vehicles and immersive virtual reality. According to the companies, they have created a compact silicon-based millimeter Wave (mmWave), with a phased array integrated circuit operating at 28GHz that has been demonstrated in a phased array antenna module designed for use in future 5G base stations.
T-Mobile said it is aiming to offer customers super-fast, next-generation mobile service starting in 2019. The planned nationwide 5G network will let customers download high-definition movies on-the-go within seconds, use online virtual reality applications on their smartphones, and connect more smart home devices.