5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.

5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users.

How 5G will change the world ?

As to how exactly 5G will change the world in day-to day terms, it will enable the “true interaction of the physical and digital worlds in real time”.

where will 5G take us?

1. Healthcare

Mr Brown believes 5G networks will “usher in a new era of remote care”. Simple home-based devices will monitor and automatically manage the health of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Wearable devices will alert those in the wider population if any health anomalies are detected, facilitating a conversation with doctors based on the data they gather.

Further down the line, 3D X-rays will become commonplace, while performing precision robotic surgery on people in rural areas from a remote hospital will become possible. 5G-connected ambulances will interact with the local traffic network in an emergency situation to set traffic lights and inform other motorists of their location, thereby ensuring their path is clear.


5G will change the world of retail in future by providing shoppers with “a far more personalised experience”, says Mr Ray. 5G-enabled AR and VR-based systems will enable consumers to view how a piece of furniture would look in their living room or an item of clothing on their bodies – all in 3D – and to ask for alternatives using voice commands or gestures.

In-store, simply pointing their ‘phone at a food shelf will bring up a list of product ingredients so they can establish which ones are ethically-sourced and which are nut-free.

In around 15 years’ time though, Guillermo Pedraja head of networks, 5G and IOT at IT services provider NTT Data UK, forecasts that, rather than customers driving to the supermarket themselves, self-driving shopping carts will fulfil their orders and negotiate traffic systems to deliver goods to their home.

3. Entertainment

There will be big shifts in the worlds of entertainment and sport as content moves from a 2D to 3D format and becomes increasingly interactive, believes Mr Melling.

Movies and TV shows will migrate from green screens to smart stages and virtual sets, created on the same platforms as today’s computer games. Live sports events, meanwhile, will be filmed using 3D cameras.

This means that, in future, entertainment will become increasingly interactive, real-time and viewable from 360 degrees. In other words, viewers will be able to watch film and shows from inside the set and move around inside it, viewing the action from different angles and interacting with the characters, not as an avatar but as a photo-real version of themselves.

“The speed and amount of data 5G can deal with at any given time offers a huge step up in terms of providing richer, more interactive experiences,” Mr Melling concludes

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