5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – March 26, 2020

Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.

  1. 5G Empowering Healthcare— According to a report from Transparency Market Research, “North America held a dominant share of the global 5G enabled healthcare services market in 2019.” It’ll be important for this dominance to continue as the aging population increases and demand for connected healthcare solutions increases. The same report says, “5G enabled healthcare may eventually further enhance a doctor’s ability to deliver innovative, less invasive treatments.” Read more here.
  2. 5G Supply Chain Interrupted by COVID-19— Industries across the world are facing a variety of supply chain interruptions due to COVID-19. Apple, for example, extended its recent sell-off due to uncertainty over how COVID-19 will affect the company’s sales and supply chain, especially with the “highly anticipated 5G iPhone”. Read more here.
  3. FCC 5G, vRAN Summit Postponed— Originally scheduled for March 26, the FCC postponed its scheduled forum on 5G virtualized Radio Access Networks (vRAN) amid the global pandemic. “The FCC’s foremost priority at this time, given the COVID-19 pandemic, is ensuring the health and safety both of its staff and the public,” said Chairman Pai. Read more here.
  4. Education Goes Virtual— While many schools, colleges, and universities, are closing their doors to in-person classes, virtual learning is taking the place of a standard classroom. However, there are challenges. As written for Telecom Lead, “While 4G technology can only support a couple of thousand devices at once with a few minor delays, 5G has the ability to support a million devices without any delays. This is very important for a college or university that has multiple campuses within close proximity to each other.” Read more here.
  5. Air Travel Transformed by 5G— Ultra-fast 5G networks will bring major changes for airports, airlines, and passengers across the globe. 5G will power Internet of Things devices which “will [allow] intelligent monitoring of queues throughout the airport and tracking and controlling autonomous vehicles that assist passenger journeys”. Read more here.

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