5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – June 18

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Welcome to 5G in 5! Every week we’ll post a rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news along with stories about emerging and innovative technologies.

Sunny Forecast for 5G – The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report is out, and as expected, excitement around 5G is revving up. The June 2019 report forecasts there will be 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions, an increase of 27 percent from the November 2018 estimation of 1.5 billion. “5G is definitely taking off and at a rapid pace. […] 5G will have positive impact on people’s lives and businesses, realizing gains beyond the IoT and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Ericsson’s Fredrik Jejdling. Read more here.

Busting Big City Woes – A group of seven start-up companies are working to solve the problems that plague urban environments. The companies are all participating in the Urban-X 20-week accelerator program – gaining access to engineers, designers, software developers, policy experts, marketing and sales leaders. Solutions the start-ups are trying to tackle range from combating food waste to enhancing road safety and traffic guidance. Imagine how these and other “smart city” applications could take off in a 5G world? Read more here.

Better Data, Better Budget – Right now cities across the country borrow millions of dollars, tied up in long-term loans, to make upgrades to transit systems, but that could be changing. Citigroup Inc. has been working with cities and experts to study how cities can use new technology to lower financing costs. “With better data, smart cities will actually budget things completely differently, from bus usage and road maintenance to parking revenue and emergency-responder needs,” said Citigroup’s Jay Collins. Read more here.

5G Competition Hits the Gridiron – Verizon announced a new competition “to push the limits of what’s possible” with the 5G NFL Mobile Gaming Challenge. The challenge is part of a two-year partnership with the NFL to develop technology to enhance games and the fan experience. “By putting the power of our Ultra Wideband network in the hands of the many fans of the NFL, we believe we’ll see some gaming concepts we couldn’t even have imagined before 5G,” said Verizon’s Nicki Palmer. Semi-finalists will be announced on September 5th and the winning team will be announced at Super Bowl LIV in 2020. Read more here.

5G Connectivity Changing Communications – With 5G poised to usher in a significant shift in mobility, the work of communications professionals could see an evolutionary change. Capitalizing on this new technology could allow marketers to “delivers interactive, immersive and even life-changing experiences.” Some astounding new possibilities include augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) replacing video to immerse customers in experiences like never before. Read more here.

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