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April 27, 2018

This Week in 5G: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s 5G .

    This Week in 5G: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s 5G


    Welcome back to another edition of ‘This Week in 5G.’ The final full week of April brought plenty of news on the next generation of wireless. Here are a few of the highlights:

    As we noted last week, CTIA hosted the Race to 5G Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 19. If you didn’t attend, check out our wrap-up page and blog for highlights and videos of all the C-Suite keynotes and panels.



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    CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker kicks off the Race to 5G Summit with her opening remarks. April 19, 2018.

    5G Country!

    Both Tennessee and Oklahoma passed infrastructure bills modernizing rules for small cell deployment, setting the states up to be 5G ready and poised to reap the economic benefits that flow in its wake. Today, wireless supports more than 160,000 jobs across the two states.

    And it’s estimated that the wireless industry’s 5G deployment may increase GDP by more than $1.9 billion across Oklahoma City and Nashville. Learn more about the current economic impact the wireless industry has on every U.S. state and what is projected for the future with our new interactive maps.

    5G Take Off!

    And speaking of future impacts we’ll see in the not-so-distant 5G future, Ericsson, in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, is testing and exploring industrial applications of 5G, including building jet engines. The low latency, real-time capabilities of 5G allow for the precision needed to create these complex industrial parts. In this video, Ericsson Project Manager Wolfgang Tonutti calls 5G an “innovation engine.”

    Angry Birds Anyone?

    Innovations in industrial technology are cool, but if you need something a little more relatable, how about how 5G could “change the video game industry forever?”

    If you didn’t first see the connection between building jet engines and online gaming, let me tie it all back together for you: again, it comes down to improving latency. With “feedback that feels instantaneous,” gaming analysts think 5G could be exactly what the industry needs to eliminate inconsistent experiences.

    That is all for this week’s edition. Make sure to check in next week for more of the latest news and developments in the next generation of wireless.

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