The global 5G race is currently on hot trails, becoming a topic worth discussion in 2018. As the year reaches its end, let’s take a look at how it’s going to impact human interaction. By that, it would mean taking a look at interactions with technology, consumer experience, and businesses. It’s something to pay attention to, with the promise of blazing speeds, reduced latency, and massive device connectivity. This could drive a technological revolution to change our lives.

The 5G Change

The Fifth Generation, otherwise known as 5G is a cellular network technology set to succeed the widely used 4G technology. It promises to offer better device-to-network connectivity and ultra-low latency, possibly even under 1 millisecond for fixed communications. This drives the possibility of IoT devices – from smartphones and fitness bands to refrigerators and cars – to retrieve data at faster speeds with increased accuracy.

Think about downloading a 5GB file in a matter of seconds, in the blink of an eye, or the possibility of next-to-zero video load time. This is the future of 5G technology.

Scrapping Wired Connections

Wired connections are commonplace today, but are under threat of becoming obsolete with 5G technology. Would you rather have a 50 MBPS wired connection or a 1 GBPS cellular connection? With advancement in this ecosystem, wired APs will soon be replaced by wireless routers. All the more so, because 5G internet is expected to hit us with cheap data plans for all sorts of devices.

Is it Secure?

Good things done fast will face issues. It’s important to take a look at security, especially with something set to encroach every facet of our digital spectrum and lives. For example, an Ericsson Study identified the following negative impacts, or the possibility of the same with widespread use of this technology across different industry verticals. Take a cursory look below:

  • The Rise of Automotive Cyber Attacks: As the number of autonomous vehicles increase in use and functionality
  • Attacks on the Heathcare Industry: With risks in the form of medical identity thefts or the invasion of health privacy
  • Smart Home Vulnerabilities: Presently with weakened or archaic security measures

In general, IoT devices dictate the requirement of stronger and more complex authentication or security measures to prevent unauthorized access to our data. At the same time, it is important to note that technological breakthroughs – as revolutionary as they are – tend to fall into the evolutionary category. It requires cycles of improvement and dedicated effort to push into optimization and common use. The transmutation to newer technologies is never an over night process, but expect change and expect them fast. You don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of history when the time arises.

About the Author

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Deepak K. is the Vice President & Head of Engineering at GlobalEdge Software. He can be reached at