5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 1

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.

Country Clever with 5G – We’re used to hearing about smart cities, but what about country clever? Ericsson’s Peter Linder talked to RCR Wireless about the positive impact 5G can have on rural communities as it relates to education, agriculture, green energy production, manufacturing, and outdoor recreation. Read more here.

Add NYC, Boise, and Panama City to the List – Verizon turned on 5G in three new cities this week. As someone based in NYC, I was especially happy about this announcement. CNET lays out where to find it. Read more here.

Enhanced Sports: “5G seems to be the technology that promises to offer a lot to every industry, and sports production is no exception,” according to Fox Sports’ Michael Davies. In an interview from Sports Video Group, he goes on to talk about the benefits of 5G for consumers as well as the production side of sports. Read more here.

Gaming at a Turning Point: There are a lot trends converging right now on the gaming industry, but experts agree mobile has been the most transformative. Smartphones rival consoles, and according to a new piece from VentureBeat, “Looking forward, you can’t talk about mobile gaming without looking at the rollout of 5G networks.” Read more here.

Tech for Good: Been thinking about getting an Apple Watch? This may put you over the edge: A man was in a bad bike accident and knocked unconscious. Fortunately, a fall detection feature on his watch picked up on that and alerted 911 and his family. An ambulance was on the scene within a min He said, “A hit that hard could have killed me if I weren’t wearing [the watch].” Read more here.