5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – August 23

Here’s this week’s rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.

Seeing Through Smoke – “5G could mean the difference between night and day for firefighters,” according to a new piece from CNET. A rundown of first responder tech starts with C-Thru, which is an augmented reality helmet from Qwake that helps firefighters see through smoke and more easily locate people inside burning buildings. Read more here.

Just Off the Starting Block – Building on the 5G race metaphor, PwC says we’re “just off the starting block” with 5G. In a new video that keeps popping up in our feed this week, Marques Brownlee explains what 5G is like today and why he’s excited for the future with 5G. Read/watch more here and here.

Huge Potential Ahead – In a post for The Economic Times, Alok Ohrie, President and Managing Director at Dell India, looks at 5G through the lenses of connected everything, manufacturing, smart cities, as well as edge, AI and ML. He says the bottom line is: “This is the time for enterprises across industries to evolve and take massive steps forward in their digital transformation journey. Only then will they be equipped to capitalise on the business opportunities that 5G will create.” Read more here.

By the Numbers – New forecasts about 5G are out and the numbers are big. Gartner predicts that revenues for global 5G network infrastructure will be $4.2 billion by 2020. That’s up 89 percent from its 2019 projection of $2.2 billion. Meanwhile, Chetan Sharma Consulting estimates 5G will help propel the value of the edge internet economy to $4.1+ trillion by 2030. Read more here and here.

New Products – Beyond where 5G networks are arriving next, the big question on many minds are what devices are coming next? A patent application from Apple is getting excitement as plans for a 5G watch are underway. Read more here.

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