5G – stepping into the future

From banking, setting up appointments to listening to music, shopping and finding the love of our life, today the smart phone is the central tool in our day to day lives.

In a world where we take connectivity for granted, it is easy to forget that less than 20 years ago most of the capabilities, services and solutions we us today were science fiction.

The breakthrough for mobile internet, from 3G to 4G (or LTE) has been the driver for new business models, like Uber, Spotify and Facebook.

Today we’re on the verge of a new age of interconnectedness, when the daily lives of people across the planet will be more closely intertwined than ever. Advances in technology will usher in the age of fifth generation, or 5G, telecommunications.

5G will impact every industry – autos, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, emergency services, just to name a few. And 5G is purposely designed so that these industries can take advantage of cellular connectivity in ways that wouldn’t have been possible before, and to scale upwards as use of 5G expands.

Offering a new level of connectivity 5G will enable a connected world in which not just people but all things are connected: cars to the roads they are on; doctors to the personal medical devices of their patients; augmented reality available to help people shop and learn and explore wherever they are.

The race is now on towards the future as more and more countries makes strategic investments in 5G technology.

For newcomers on the global IT arena, like the Middle East and Africa, 5G offers the possibility to leap-frog to the future. An example Arabian Gulf nations have ambitions to use 5G networks to carve out a leading role on the global IT stage.

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