The 9 most disruptive tech trends of 2019: Page 7 of 9

2019 revealed some surprising developments in cobots, emerging energy, AI, and cybersecurity.

7.) 5G

The first wave of 5G-enabled devices hit the market in 2019. Smartphones took the lead with this latest generation of telcomm technology that included the Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7, and Huawei P30 among others.

An IDC estimate notes there will be 41.6 billion connected IoT devices, generating 79.4 zettabytes (ZB) of data in 2025. The IoT and other new applications are driving this incredible data explosion especially at the edge of the network. The advent of 5G, with its lower latency, improved speeds and higher capacities, will enable virtualization and edge computing for everyone and everything. 5G will enable more hybrid and cloud applications ranging from machine learning to cloud-based graphics rendering for VR, AR, and gaming. With gigabit speeds, 5G will also eliminate the need for wires as the last mile of connectivity, even within homes and enterprises.

For a cool demonstration of the potential power of 5G, Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom 5G showed how the technology could improve the motor racing experiences for fans. The demonstration was held at the Korea International Circuit racetrack. It used Samsung Networks’ end-to-end 5G mmWave platform, including 5G New Radio (NR) base stations. The same equipment has been in commercial operation in the United States since the first half of this year.

In the physical demonstration, a car races around track at 130 miles per hour (210Km/hour) while transmitting live downloads, uploads, and handovers between 5G cell sites on the racetrack. Download speeds reached up to 1Gbps, demonstrating the capacity for multi-gigabit downloads on a 5G device inside a racing car, using 200MHz bandwidth of 28GHz spectrum.

(Image source: Samsung)

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