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April 2, 2018

This Week in 5G: All Things Video .

This Week in 5G: All Things Video


Jilane Petrie
Director, Public Affairs

Spring is finally here, and everything is coming up 5G. This week, we’ve got the videos to prove it.

Emerging from winter, there are a lot of reasons to celebrate, big and small. The end of March brought us National Agriculture Day (March 22), National Puppy Day (March 23), and today, National Doctors Day.

We’ve heard it before: 5G will transform the way doctors practice medicine and interact with patients, thanks to clinical wearables, virtual appointments and even remote surgery. Verizon takes a deeper look at how 5G will bring the capabilities of medical specialists to patients who may be thousands of miles away:

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CTIA member Verizon is racing to build 5G, the next-generation of wireless networks.

If this is music to your ears, don’t stop reading now. Through a partnership with GigaKorea, Ericsson orchestrated a unique display of the real-world applications of 5G. Members of a band were staged in sound studios hundreds of miles apart, using an HD video feed to perform together:

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CTIA member Ericsson highlights the extreme bandwidth and latency required to build tomorrow's 5G networks.

Using Ericsson millimeter wave wireless gear, the video starts with a 1.5Gbps 5G connection with 7 millisecond latency and zero compression/decompression time. It then flips to a 20Mbps LTE connection with 25-millisecond latency and 800 milliseconds of compression/decompression time. Not surprisingly, the slower and lower-bandwidth LTE stream desynchronizes one pair’s guitar and drum performance versus the other pair’s vocals and guitars, audibly wrecking the song.

Healthcare, the arts, education, transportation, public safety – 5G will transform every aspect of our lives. And with the global race heating up, we know America needs to act to maintain its leadership in wireless. This week, we gave you a primer on what a small cell is and why their high-density placement is key to deploying 5G.

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Many rules, regulations and fees for wireless infrastructure applications are outdated. We need new rules for new networks.

New rules for new networks? Makes sense to me. Check back in next week for more news, more insights and more 5G.

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