How 5G on wearables will make the smartphone era look like a warm-up

It’ll become ubiquitous, and then everything will change

5G is not just about speed. It may seem like just a logical step on from current 4G networks, but 5G promises an entirely new époque in mobile connectivity. For wearables, it’s about being untethered and unlimited; think built-in 5G radios capable of a download rate of 20gbps, and upload of 10gbps. That’s about 100 times faster than 4G. Yeah, now you see why it’s a big deal.

The telecoms industry has been discussing 5G networks for some years, and field trials and experiments by the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, AT&T, and more are ongoing, but it now appears that we could see the first 5G networks appearing next year at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea – home to one of the industry’s main movers on 5G, SK Telecom.

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