Every now and then, my wife’s heart tries to kill her. It comes this close to a stroke, for reasons that remain mysterious. And sometimes, her heart is just pulling a fast one and the scare is just a scare.
We got another frantic, life-threatening event just this past weekend. As usual, I rushed her to the hospital. Once there, it’s routine for us to count the hours in the emergency room while EMTs pump her with drugs and wait for the doctor to arrive and tell us whether my wife’s heart is just scaring us, or if it really means business this time.
But what if … what if one of those EMTs could put on a pair of glasses that could process the data coming from her heart, real-time, on-site, and come up with a diagnosis? And could it do this much, much faster than anything conceivable on the data networks we use now?
That’s one of the promises of 5G wireless. 5G technology uses very high frequencies. The higher the frequency, the shorter the wavelength. Shorter wavelengths enable faster speeds and much lower latency.
That means everything on the cloud will be much more responsive. It also means virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) can finally be realized. If a doctor needs to see a real-time model of my wife’s heart, 5G could get us there. If a hospital wanted to use an AI doctor in the emergency room, that could be possible, too.
And 5G isn’t just for medicine. Proponents are promising all sorts of new things: Safe, self-driving cars … streaming VR … holographic video calls … and more.
And it leads former Verizon CEO, Lowell McAdam, to call 5G “the Fourth Industrial Revolution for this country.”
Some of the world’s biggest companies — like Qualcomm, Intel, Verizon, and Ericsson — are piling in.
Even governments are vying for supremacy.
It’s “5G” … and it’s the up and coming standard for telecommunications.
But before we move forward, let’s take a look back. What does “5G” even mean? Well, once the network is deployed, there will have been five generations of wireless technologies:
- First generation (1G) refers to the original cellular networks of the early 1990s.
- Second generation (2G) began when wireless networks started allowing text messaging.
- Third generation (3G) allowed people to access the internet on mobile devices.
- Fourth generation (4G) expanded on 3G, particularly in terms of increased speed.
- Fifth generation (5G) promises to be 200x faster than today’s 4G technology.
5G will utilize a high-frequency band of the wireless spectrum called “millimeter wave” that allows data to be transferred far more rapidly than the lower-frequency band behind today’s 4G.
And because millimeter wave signals don’t travel as far, the new 5G networks will require many more (albeit smaller) antennas than previous wireless generations.
So, why is faster internet a big deal? Well, we’re not just talking about impatient net users getting to download movies quicker … although let’s be honest, it’s definitely a perk!
No, 5G won’t just allow users to surf the internet, download videos and use data-intensive apps like virtual reality at lightning speed …
It’ll enable nearly 21 billion internet-connected devices by 2020 … more than three times as many as there were in 2016.
Beyond the number of devices 5G will be able to support, the revolutionary prospects are the types of devices and applications. These could change industries we previously didn’t consider as connected.
Everything from home appliances, security systems and even military training and mental healthcare will see improvements on 5G.
The U.S. government recently granted Microsoft (MSFT) a $480 million contract for AR headsets. These will allow for more accurate combat training. With 5G? Those headsets could help provide real-time analytics to help soldiers make the best possible decision in heat-of-the-moment action.
A few more examples of life-saving tech currently in development because of 5G are:
- 5G-enhanced augmented reality headsets that help firefighters see through smoke and locate victims.
- A robotic arm that allows a top surgeon to perform life-saving surgeries from thousands of miles away in real-time. The cutting-edge (no pun intended) low-latency 5G technology even smooths out his hand tremors!
- Smart self-driving cars and machines that could render industrial and traffic accidents a thing of the past …
… and so much more.
So, my idea of glasses used by first responders to see my wife’s heart to tell if it’s an emergency or false alarm don’t exist. Yet. But we’re on an innovative track that makes those glasses seem less like science fiction and more like reality every day.
Both AT&T and Verizon have already begun testing their 5G technologies.
This next generation network will require massive new infrastructure, plus new tech inside your phone. And companies are investing billions of dollars to prepare for the coming 5G standard.
It’s no surprise investors are climbing all over each other, looking to get a piece of this $12.3 trillion market.
As with any new technology, particularly one so close to our everyday lives, some people are scared of possible health effects.
But according to the World Health Organization, the risks are so negligible you’d probably be better off worrying about coffee and pickles!
The 5G roll-out won’t happen this month. Or the next. But it is coming.
Perhaps, someday, it will save my wife’s life. Perhaps, it could also help farsighted investors build new fortunes.
And there’s one massive opportunity nearly everyone is missing …
It’s a company that’s going to dominate a $1.5 TRILLION niche of the 5G market.
In fact, it’s poised to become the Amazon of 5G … and this coming Tuesday, America’s No. 1 tech-stock expert, Jon Markman, will NAME this company during a live briefing he calls Disruptive Profits.
This event is FREE for Weiss readers.
All the best,