5G technology is expected to launch in 2020. Mobile network and telecom services providers the world over are preparing for the launch by investing heavily into 5G infrastructure. While global industrial giants and national stakeholders get ready to welcome 5G technology, what does it mean for the end consumer? Here, we will discuss the top 5 use cases of 5G.

Top 5 Use Cases of 5G

Human-Machine Cooperation

The most potent impact of 5G technology will be in expanding the scope of the Internet of Things to never-before-imagined degrees. And how does this affect us? With the IoT becoming a reality, human-and-machine cooperation will finally reach a level hitherto limited to sci-fi movies and books. 5G and the IoT will allow humans and machines/devices to interact in the most seamless manner possible. The applications will range from smart cars that will communicate directly with transport systems and smart traffic safety gear to Augment Reality (AR). The idea of the tactile Internet and the ability to transmit texture, touch and sensations remotely will no longer be limited to the imagination. 360-degree immersive movie and gaming experiences will revolutionize entertainment. Human-machine cooperation will allow for massive leaps to be made in the fields of fitness, medicine and healthcare: from remote health checkups to expert-client interactions and sessions. Other areas one can expect changes in are surveillance, shipping and postage, smart houses, distance learning and child monitoring systems.

Smart Transport

One of the most exciting developments of the modern age has been driverless cars. The idea of self-driving vehicles seemed outlandish just a few years back but today, smart transport is a buzzword that has come to define the universal push for smart cities. And the life force behind smart travel? You guessed it. 5G technology. 5G is going to enable massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), which means that smart cities, transport systems and infrastructural elements are all going to be able to communicate in real-time, transmit critical information as it develops and in doing so, guarantee operational efficiency.  5G smart transport systems will enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and this will improve the public transport system significantly. Road sensor networks will also make roads safer, more eco-friendly and easier to navigate. An improved transportation system will not only do a better job of fulfilling its obvious purpose –ferrying commuters to and fro destinations–, it will also help businesses, service providers and industries, insurance companies, security companies and governmental institutions since airfields, railways and roads will all be able to transmit information to one another and/or to smart vehicles.

Remote Machinery Control

The third of the top 5 use cases of 5G will be remotely controlled machinery. 5G technology will enable critical control of remote machinery and devices, ushering in a new era of mechanization and productivity. Remote control over heavy equipment and machinery will help close production gaps caused by constraints of time and space and optimize businesses and make them cost-efficient. It will also help reduce risk margins for occupational hazards by allowing people to rely solely and satisfactorily on machines to do jobs that are too dangerous for humans. Both the direct and indirect costs of labor-intensive industries will decline, allowing for greater profit margins. An important frontier that will be realized is that of remotely controlled surgical procedures and medical intervention, thus allowing healthcare professionals to aid populations that might otherwise be too far removed for timely action.

Sensor Networks

One of the primary applications of 5G technology will be the implementation of sensor networks across regions and applications, from farms and industries to roads and cities. The laying of these sensor-embedded networks will allow for real-time communication between remote users, machines and associated infrastructure. Sensor networks will allow for continuous observation and tracking along with enhanced automation, thereby increasing productivity and outputs by an unprecedented margin. The implications for the business and industrial sectors are immense and the implementation of 5G friendly sensor networks in agriculture and farming, industries, city planning and development, infrastructural projects etc. will be a gamechanger. Sensor networks will be able to relay information in real-time, push costs down, increase efficiency- all contributing to greatly augmented output across the board. For instance, 5G sensor networks once installed in farms will be able to monitor the land and track as well as relay the crops’ status, noting important yield determinants such as fertilization and moisture levels, thus informing precise input choices.

99.99% Broadband Accessibility

The strongest appeal of 5G mobile communication technology is in its promise to deliver mobile Internet at broadband speeds everywhere, all the time. 5G mobile phone users will be able to access super-fast internet in the most crowded and the remotest of places, without any compromises in speed and connectivity. From never having to worry about unwillingly falling off the grid in isolated areas to enjoying uninterrupted connections in crowded spaces like concerts and sports events without worrying about delays, capacity overloads and interference, 5G mobile internet will let you have all the perks of a Wi-Fi connection on the move. You’ll be able to download large files and videos in a matter of seconds, enjoy perfect audio/video calls with people across the globe, experience live broadcasts in real-time without the slightest delays in transmission and so much more.

5G – a game changer

It’s evident that the launch of 5G technology (slated for 2020 in India and globally) is going to change life as we know it. From massive industrial overhauls to AI home gadgets, big things are coming. To learn more about how 5G is going to remake reality, visit the India Mobile Congress 2018 and watch the future in action. Register today for all the latest news on 2018 IMC.

These were the top 5 use cases of 5G. It is expected that these use cases will evolve and change over the next few years as we find new and more innovative ways to put 5G to use. So, stay tuned for the next top 5 use cases of 5G.