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The reality of 5g cellular networks is coming (slowly)

Normally for me, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provides the fodder what I think is a game-changer in technology. Not this year, well it did, but it didn’t. The change I see coming is the reality of 5g.  With reduced network latency, and now some users in Chicago, Minneapolis and other Verizon cities are getting 1.3 gigabytes to the phone or better (in the best sense of disclosure I do work for Verizon). What this means in the short run is not much. The reality of the 5g rolling out is that today, things are more focused on smaller pockets. 5g presents a lot more data in as I mentioned a lower latency. The industries that this is going to impact are many.

Driverless cars, remote robotic surgery, faster analytics and data processing, and beyond that I could keep going.  4k UltraHD TV can be streamed. It makes applications respond faster. It empowers more and more capabilities. The problem is the reality of what is the network and what is the device. We can cram an infinite amount of data down a pipe, but in the end, of the device can’t keep up things don’t work. That’s why Apple and Samsung have focused on building up their onboard cell phone processor. 32-bit processors cannot address more than four gigs of onboard memory. They can address infinite storage, just only the four gigs of RAM. As we move to 5g, you could be looking at buffering more than 1.3 megabytes per second.

In 5g you would fill your memory in 5 to 6 seconds. Most shows do not buffer 5 seconds. They look to buffer 10-20 seconds for a better viewing experience. With 5g that is easily done, but you will create problems for live streaming of 4k Ultra HD events — with lower latency and greater reliance on the capabilities of the remote device, being able to have enough memory on that device becomes critical. Samsung and Motorola have 5g Capable handsets today. Apple maybe this year, (2020) or next year for the iPhone/iPad cellular improvement to 5g. The remainder of the major phone makers has already announced their intent to have 2020 be the year of 5g handsets.

It is a great new technology that will change the world, once it rolls out!

  • Do you have a smart phone today?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you watch TV, Netflix or video (youtube) on your phone today?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does the term latency confuse you?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Q: Do you have a smart phone today?
    Yes (9 votes) – 64%
    No (5 votes) – 36%
    Q: Do you watch TV, Netflix or video (youtube) on your phone today?
    Yes (4 votes) – 31%
    No (9 votes) – 69%
    Q: Does the term latency confuse you?
    Yes (7 votes) – 50%
    No (7 votes) – 50%

  2. This upgrade means that we should throw our sim cards away and buy new ones You know I hate upgrades.

    I have a dongle connected to my desk top pc. Yes you heard it right a desk top pc not even a lap top. I have a mobile that only does voice and sms. Ofcourse I have a nice camera. And with this limited gadget collection you can see my performance here.

    • Ah, the end device won’t matter in the future – you’ll still be able to take advantage of the new tech.

      Think of it as a highway.

      If you could take all the trucks and have them above the cars it would reduce the traffic for the cars right?

      What if I could also move the cars to two levels? then you have three levels of vechiles in the space where there was one. Lots more cars moving a lot faster!

  3. Latency confused me a little. I’m hoping the technology of riderless cars doesn’t catch on. All it takes is one misplaced wire or one little computer part out of whack…Interesting article. I was just getting used to 4g technology.

  4. Oh well, I hope everyone has fun. We really need more TV since right now we have only like 100 channels of nothing available. You are right though that we’ll have it whether we want it or not. We can have 5G but we don’t seem to be able to live with each other or our planet – the latency that confuses me is our inability to avoid the necessity of dropping bombs on each other and decimating life general for our amusement I guess.

      • I meant to say “… decimating life IN general …” So, can I edit that comment or something? …… I was unaware that all information is useless. But, I suppose we are trying so hard so that Goo-goo, Netflix, etc … can become broadcasters, self driving cars, … stuff like that I guess. To make “phones” even more expensive? That might be a reason. ….. Cable TV was great – I just don’t know if we used it so well. More stuff isn’t always better as it depends on the stuff.

        • wait you have the power to edit your comments ;-0

          I always wondered about the impact of cable. I remember when we first got Dish network. we went from 30 channels on Cable to 200. it however didn’t make the experience better.

    • I love those!!!!!

      It gives me a chance to trot out my all-time favorites:

      “human beings can never travel above 30 miles per hour. They will die.”
      Said before the first fast train in the UK, the train went 35 MPH, everyone was fine!

      “human beings will not be able to descend below 10,000 feet in the ocean our bodies would be crushed even in a submarine.”
      Said before descent to 24,-000 plus feet into the ocean

      there are so many more!

      The reality is the Microwaves that 5g uses, have been around for more than 30 years. So, well….

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