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5G Networks, the Internet of Things and Technological Evolution


The world is very close to taking a great step in technological evolution, where 5G networks have come to help the global materialization of the Internet of Things.

Fifth generation mobile networks (5G) suggest a substantial improvement over its predecessor. This will be a big change in the way of life as we know it. As it happened with the appearance of smartphones and other mobile devices, the Internet of Things will transform everyday life in general, but this time to a greater extent.

Implementation of 5G networks

The technological infrastructure of mobile communications is climbing a new step. Today, the fourth generation is the one still widely used. However, after years of research and testing, since the beginning of 2019 around twenty countries have already implemented 5G in their territories.

South Korea was one of the first to take up the challenge, with much of Europe and other parts of Asia joining in later. In the same way, the United States and Canada did so at the beginning of 2020. In the case of Latin America, some operators announced that they will provide telecommunications products and services based on 5G networks in the near future for: Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Benefits of 5G networks

The capabilities of the fifth generation of wireless technology are designed for:

  • Have a data rate of up to 10 Gbps. This implies a speed 100 times higher than the current fourth generation network.
  • Offer a practically immediate response time. With a latency of one millisecond (0.001 seconds), it far exceeds the 200 milliseconds it takes to send and receive 4G information.
  • Support the interconnection of almost a million devices per square kilometer. Integrated with the above, it constitutes the ideal base to finally foster development and spread the implementation of an evolved ecosystem of technological ideologies that will take digital experiences to another level.

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to a concept that involves those objects that can be controlled through the network of networks, such as: household appliances, automobiles and industrial equipment, and the same for your interaction.

The main function of IoT is to obtain information through the use of sensors or microcontrollers SoC (System on Chip) of various types such as: movement, presence, pressure or temperature. Then, from this information it is possible to generate an action such as turning on a light, accelerating a machine or opening a tap. It is true that we have already seen some of these advances implemented, but with 5G they will be enhanced on a large scale.

Scope of the Internet of Things

The goal is for entire cities with their streets, workplaces and homes to be connected. It is expected that by 2025 we will have a hyperconnected planet, where seeing self-driving cars will be a normal thing.

Scenes of futuristic films will come true with microchips and cameras monitoring the behavior of thousands of people, controlling traffic and security, and other things. All this triggering automated processes to optimize resources and manage solutions in short times.

On the other hand, with billions of devices running constantly, the number of business opportunities increases. The areas of analysis, processing and data storage will be boosted. Likewise, companies must resort to innovative alternatives to offer their products and services through digital platforms and marketing strategies adapted to the new demands of consumers.

Definitely, the Internet of Things is destined to be the next advancement in technology and will soon become a reality thanks to the expansion of 5G networks. What other implications do you think being 100% connected with full coverage at extraordinary speeds will bring?