Mobile data networks have completely revolutionized how we communicate, and have made it possible to stay connected, share data and photos, and instantly connect in face-to-face video calls from almost anywhere we are, in any moment. As a result, mobility has quickly transformed from an amazing capability to a competitive differentiator that spans companies of all sizes and industries.
Mobile connections and opportunities are only getting faster and better each year, and the next wave of speed, mobility, and innovation is upon us as mobile carriers prepare to roll out 5G wireless technology. In fact, top carriers have already begun introducing 5G in a handful of test markets this year, with plans to add more coverage areas in 2019. By 2020, 5G will be the mainstream network powering all new mobile technology.
The increased network speeds and boosted bandwidth that 5G will bring to market are going to drive innovation across all types of business communications, but video conferencing improvements are going to be among the most substantial. And this means huge potential for your business.
"5G has the potential to join a very exclusive club―the handful of technologies throughout history that transform industries across every sector of the economy ... redefining work, elevating living standards, and having a profound and sustained impact on our global economic growth."
- Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President and Group President, Verizon Wireless
How 5G Will Reinvent Video Conferencing
The evolution of 5G is going to lend more power to video conferencing solutions, and with increased speed and options, a new wave of video communication innovation is imminent. Here’s a closer look at how 5G will reinvent video conferencing.
Speed and Bandwidth
One of the most significant ways that 5G is going to bolster video conferencing is speed. 5G will boast network speeds upwards of twenty times faster than the current 4G technology. Bandwidth will also see a huge boost (allowing for 1,000 devices per meter on a connection), and together these improvements mean that you can stream, download, and do video calls and conferences with much more ease and speed. The upped speed and bandwidth also mean fewer dropped connections, and the ability for more devices to work much more quickly at the same time.
Video quality is going to improve as 5G goes mainstream as well. The increased network speeds and bandwidth availability will support top quality calls in HD or even 3D without latency or other interruptions inherent in the busy 4G network. This means you can count on improved video conferences with crystal clear video and no lags or interruptions to your important business communications.
5G will usher in a time when you can more easily connect anytime and anywhere with partners and colleagues via video. Video calling and mobile conferencing apps will be more capable on 5G since it will rely on higher frequency radio bands. Currently, 4G can operate at 6GHz but 5G will operate at anywhere from 30GHz to 300GHz, which means massive improvements in speed and data capabilities.
New Communication Innovations
Speed, increased broadband availability, and boosted business mobility options are all advantages to the impending 5G release, but they’ll also do something else-drive innovation. Even in its infancy, 5G is bringing about innovations in telepresence with holographic conferencing capabilities and Ultra HD video calling will likely soon be the norm. Additionally, 360-Degree video calling is already in the works, which means you can have even more realistic, personal, face-to-face interactions via video and the opportunity for even more impactful presentations and demonstrations via video with this technology.
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