The first technology I remember from my childhood was a shortwave radio. I took that radio with me to Thailand, and for a time it was my only connection to the outside world. I learned about Shortwave, AM and FM radio technology. Later, I was introduced to the CB radio craze in the US. I still have a CB radio. In fairness, I am more inclined now if I am carrying a radio to carry a VHF radio. The VHF radio system is designed for Marine vehicles. I was interested in HAM radio for a long time, I have a portable HAM radio, but my license has lapsed. I suspect I will renew that at some point in the future. The reason for talking about this is the reality of radio versus networks.
We don’t realize just how much bandwidth 4g LTE advanced (or for those who like to compare carriers the delightfully misleading 5g e). You can legitimately watch a movie on Netflix on your phone or tablet and suffer a massive amount of lag. You won’t spend all your time waiting for the system to bugger the video. Yes, there will be some buggering, but not a huge amount of time. Your cellular phone also has a built-in camera and GPS. But the next generation or the more properly called 5th generation or 5g networks are here. There are three US cities that have 5g for home networking, and two cities that will serve as of April 1, have 5g availability for cellular phones in the US.
There are already cities in Europe as well that will have 5g or have 5g service now.
The thing that interests right now is the growing area of portable projectors to go with that bandwidth. There are a couple of products that are shipping in the May/Juen time frame that is interesting. You see I believe that in the next five years you will not rely as much on a laptop, desktop or another computer. In the next five years as we head into the next industrial revolution, we will carry cell phones and tablets, and not much else.
The future of the world around us is the reality of the network of tomorrow, now available in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Houston, and several other US cities.
Have you ever steamed a movie?