President Trump says he wants 5G technology in the US as soon as possible. The president tweeted, “It is far more powerful, faster and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind.”
Both Verizon and AT&T have launched mobile 5G networks. Experts say 5G is engineered for massive bandwidth and will deliver much faster and more reliable mobile connections.
It’s a “quantum step forward” in wireless technology, according to Toby Redshaw, Verizon’s senior VP of strategy, innovation and product development.
“You’ll see things today that simply aren’t possible without 5G that I think are going to revolutionize a whole series of consumer experiences and how business is operating,” Redshaw says. “It’s going to going to kind of enable a lot of new functionality – for businesses, for cities, for education, for health care.”
5G is said to be essential to the future of augmented reality, a cutting-edge technology which superimposes digital data on the physical world. Augmented reality (AR) is predicted to be much bigger than virtual reality. Business Wire reports the AR market is expected to be worth over $60 billion by 2023.
It’s not just used for games like “Pokemon Go.” There are commercial, automotive, industrial and health care applications too. Interactive AR devices can also help with everyday tasks like shopping and home repair.