We are living in a time of rapid change. A time where digitalisation is touching every aspect of our lives. But what’s powering this dramatic change? In this new series from Vodafone, we shine a light on the tech behind the innovation. Welcome to the first edition of Spotlight Stories. Here, we take a look at 5G, the next generation mobile network that is starting to revolutionise how we connect with people, places and machines.
JOHAN WIBERGH, CTO, VODAFONE
“The potential of 5G goes far beyond ultra-fast connectivity. 5G will sit at the heart of new technologies – transforming consumer experiences, powering the future of business and Industry 4.0, connecting billions of IoT devices in sectors like healthcare, agriculture and automotive – and we are only starting to unlock its full capabilities.”
Mechanics are using augmented reality to maintain aircraft remotely.
First responders know exactly what a patient’s injuries are before the ambulance reaches the scene.
And all this is done without pictures dropping, or videos buffering, or audio being lost.
The connection? 5G.
Blind and visually impaired people are accessing new experiences - guided in real-time.
5G uses higher radio frequencies than older generations. This means there’s less traffic, so 5G networks can carry more information faster.
They also use a variety of antennas and transmitters to boost the network's signal and its capacity, which means 5G can connect significantly more devices than older networks.
This means we can deliver the right slice to customers based on how it is being used, and no one will suffer from networks being overloaded. Businesses could also have their own 5G networks, protecting their traffic and connectivity, and ensuring services don’t drop.
Networks can be sliced by 5G, so that multiple virtual networks can be created from a physical one.
Building on our leading 4G technology, our 5G rollout is delivering improved coverage, reliability, and real-time information sharing to better device support, giving both businesses and consumers an improved connected experience.
We’ve even launched Europe’s largest standalone 5G network in Germany.
Vodafone is providing 5G in 12 countries, and our network is expanding.
These examples are just some of the ways Vodafone is helping our customers to improve people’s lives through 5G. And that’s the key. All this is happening now. 5G is making what might seem like futuristic innovations a reality today.
SO, WHAT'S NEXT?
Connect with friends and family, anywhere, through holographic video calls and augmented and virtual reality.
Travel in autonomous vehicles, navigating smart cities that send you personalised updates on pollution, traffic congestion and other issues.
Buy devices, clothes and goods from businesses using supply chains built on autonomous factories, where robots pick, pack and deliver goods directly to your door.
We’ll be looking at the Internet of Things (IoT) and how – in combination with 5G – it’s creating the future of agriculture and bringing next-generation technologies to farmers around the world.
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