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5G: Thinking Beyond Faster Internet

5G Internet

In a few years, you may cruise in a driver-less car. The video chats will be so realistic that it will seem like the person on the other side of the screen is sitting right in front of you. Though fourth generation (4G) is yet to be rolled out in many countries, the telecom companies have already started working towards developing fifth generation (5G) wireless technology, which promises to revolutionize the way people connect.

At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, major leading companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, China Mobile, and Softbank came together to launch a five year strategic plan and mission GTI 2.0. It aims to promote the global development of existing 4G technologies and to industrialize 5G.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises said, Bharti Airtel is delighted to be a part of GTI 2.0. We look forward to collaborating with the consortium partners towards developing technology ecosystem for the future. Meanwhile, Vittorio Colao, chief executive officer of Vodafone Group, said, It is important for the industry to continue developing 4G and to work together to develop the standards for 5G technology ahead of its expected commercial introduction from 2020 onwards. GTI 2.0 will provide Vodafone with a useful forum to work closely with a number of major operators towards that goal.

The emerging technology is still at the conceptual stage, but it has the potential to completely change the way we communicate through wireless devices. It is so futuristic that it is hard to define its potential beyond a point.

A 5G service can download an 800 MB file in one second, while the same file can be downloaded in 40 seconds by using 4G. Which means a typical 1500 MB movie can be downloaded in 2 seconds. And, streaming speeds can be 40 times faster than the best technology today. Imagine that.

Moreover, when the technology is launched it will be available everywhere. Hence, there will be superfast, stable and uninterrupted internet connection irrespective of your location.

In thinking beyond just faster data speeds, it also has the potential to be used for other industrial purposes. At this point, it can be envisioned that the blazing fast technology can be used for driving an driver-less car or moving heavy machinery through a remote control.

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