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.
5G Firing Up – 5G is rolling out, but many are wondering when we’ll see the full strength of the new networks’ potential. Verizon was first to launch, and now others are coming online. Though 5G’s availability is currently limited, it is expected to be worldwide by 2020. Read more here.
Buzzing Into the Billions – There are new numbers in on just how many people will be signing up for 5G. According to a new IHS report, subscribers are expected to reach 1.1 billion by 2023 in the Asia-Pacific and North America regions. That is triple the number of customers who signed up for 4G in the first 5 years after it launched. By 2023 North America will have 294 million 5G subscriptions alone. Read more here.
5G’s Bill of Health – Nearly 20 years ago, a graph was released linking health risks to wireless technology. The chart has been used to bolster arguments over the potential health risks of 5G. But the graph was wrong. Read more here.
Taking Tech to New Highs – This great piece was just sent to us and we couldn’t resist sharing. Alon Grinshpoon, founder and CEO of EchoAR, was featured discussing the extreme effect 5G will have on augmented reality. “When 5G rolls out, that means we’ll be able to provide them with ways to stream more data faster and efficiently and engage more users at the same time.” Watch here.
Pokemon Go Faster – Do you remember the days of playing snake on your phone? Since then mobile gaming has come leaps and bounds, and the promise of 5G is only set to propel it even further. 5G has the potential to power fully end-to-end networks that deliver speeds to power next gen gaming. Read more here.