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August 31, 2018

This Week in 5G: Racing to the Finnish .

    This Week in 5G: Racing to the Finnish


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    Jilane Petrie
    Director, Public Affairs

    We’re just weeks away from Mobile World Congress Americas 2018, where once again 5G will take center stage. To tide you over until then, here’s the week’s headlines.

    AT&T revealed it will offer 5G in Indianapolis this year, making the Indiana state capital its seventh 5G city. Yahoo Finance said about the announcement: “Indianapolis was a natural choice for the company as one of the 12 introductory 5G cities as it is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the country and home to a variety of large and small businesses. 5G will likely fuel innovation, boost economic growth and eventually change customer experience and provide new economic opportunities for businesses.”

    If the city ever wanted to host the Indy 5G-hundred, Nokia’s readying a car for that. The company is testing VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s robot car, Martti, to determine “how 5G networks can transmit information to and from vehicles while on the road.” By studying the real-world capabilities of 5G networks in the Finnish vehicle lab, researchers are evaluating what road safety services can be enabled by next-generation wireless networks.

    But you don’t have to be a crash-test dummy to see the benefits of 5G. Its promise is exciting the creative community, too. Light Reading did an interview with Ben Havey, VP of the Technology Innovation Group at The Walt Disney Studios. At the new StudioLAB, the Disney executive explained how the rollout of 5G networks is the most important and exciting technology for this group of Mouseketeers.

    The increased bandwidth and reduced latency means consumers can “consume big experiences” with others around the world in real-time, said Havey. From the production side, 5G-connected cameras means footage could be sent right to the cloud, he continued. It’s no wonder he said, 5G will have “profound implications” in reaching consumers and unlocking new opportunities in storytelling and content distribution. A whole new world!

    Enjoy the long weekend, and check back here next week for news on the upcoming MWCA 2018 and, of course, 5G.

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