Amid the pandemic, 5G has been hounded by baseless claims that it causes the coronavirus. But is the coronavirus accelerating the adoption of 5G? Luke Christou finds out
Fifth generation mobile networks, otherwise known as 5G, offer significant improvements in speed, latency, capacity, reliability and performance. In turn, the deployment of this technology will be fundamental in facilitating the rollout of further emerging technologies.
“A 5G-enabled future could allow doctors to not only interact with patients from around the world via high-speed video link, but could further empower them to perform actual operations and surgeries remotely through the use of VR [virtual reality] and remote-robotics applications,” Dr Paul Carter, CEO of independent network benchmarking firm Global Wireless Solutions, explains.
“Meanwhile, if 4G technology enabled people to arrange a ride from our phones and track its progress via a ride-sharing app, 5G has the power to bring the car to us without the need to even have a driver.”
Yet, as 5G begins to move from hype to reality, the coronavirus pandemic has had a polarising effect on opinions of 5G. Forcing businesses to become ever-more digital, the technology will prove vital in serving our remote workforces, yet the pandemic has also turned attention towards strengthening existing networks. And for some, 5G is thought to be the direct cause of the outbreak.