On the Intel Developer Forum (Intel Developer Forum), in which developers can see the technologies that are in development and could soon reach the market, there was talk, among other things, of 5G technology and its possibilities.
Intel executives and industry experts explained how the capabilities of the 5G network will allow a faster service with less latency, in addition to facilitating the simultaneous connection of more devices from different parts of the planet, thus promoting the so-called "Internet of Things" .
Aicha Evans, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Communications and Devices Group, explained the ins and outs of this technology on the company's website.
Let's imagine that we want to spend a few days on vacation in a cabin in the woods but at the same time we need to do some work. We have GPS in the car and we take our laptop, smart mobile phone and maybe also a tablet or smart watch, but what if there is no cable? No Wi-Fi? And the signal of the mobile connection is weak? We would no longer be able to Google information about nearby places of interest, receive emails or stream a movie. It may work, but it may not.
With 5G technology, on the other hand, it will be easier to stay connected. We will still need a good service provider with a robust network, but our devices will be able to sync or connect automatically.
For Evans, 5G technology is basically a fusion of all current wireless technology. According to her, this convergence of existing networks -2.5G, 3G, 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi- It will transform the way we communicate and interact with the world.
She and Sandra rivera, Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Network Platforms Group, spoke about the new functionalities that 5G technology will offer, which, among other things, they hope will drive the Internet of Things, which is constantly growing.
Evans believes that by 2020, when 5G technology is implemented globally, some 50 billion “things” will be connected. In the future practically all devices will be able to connect to each other. Autonomous cars will be able to communicate with traffic lights, smart sensor systems in cities, smart home appliances, industrial automation systems, personal drones and robots, etc. And to do this, all these things will have to connect wirelessly to the Internet.
Besides all those devices the number of people who want to connect to the Internet will also increase.
Today, it is estimated that only about 30-40% of the world's population is connected in one way or another, but Evans expects that, in the next 10 to 20 years, 100% of the population will be connected. This is about 8 to 9 billion more people who will require network capabilities.
5G technology will be the one that allows all these devices to be connected simultaneously without problem. By combining high-speed wireless communications with efficient cloud computing, even the tiniest of devices will have access to virtually unlimited computing power. It is this combination of communications and computing that will drive the massive growth of the Internet of Things.
Today, most of our communications are via simple mode transmission. With 5G technology, communications will be interactive and responsive, adapting to the circumstances.
However, current networks are not going to disappear, but they will channel 5G technology, updating along with devices and technologies. When 5G technology becomes available, things that today take seconds, minutes, or even days to load or ship will be delivered in milliseconds.
The main challenge for the sector will be, according to Evans, how to manage and store all this information. Intel is tackling the problem with an end-to-end approach, applying its expertise in wireless computing, networking and communications across the network. Partnering with equipment and device manufacturers, network operators, service providers, academic institutions, etc .; The company is working with the various stakeholders in the sector to solve the main challenges in all systems.
As everything in our lives becomes increasingly interconnected - from our cars and fitness-tracking devices to banking and robotic manufacturing plants - our cultural landscape will change as well. The homes in which our children and their grandchildren will live will be totally different from oursEvans notes. Everything will be different.
Evans doubts that Internet access will one day become totally free, but he does believe that there will come a time when it will be accessible to everyone. And, in his opinion, the new capabilities provided by 5G technology will revolutionize our way of life.