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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:23 AM

5G Is Making Its Global Debut at Olympics, and Its Wicked Fast

February 12, 2018, 4:00 PM EST Updated on February 13, 2018, 12:13 AM EST

The first to experience the future of wireless technology, well before most humans, will be South Korea’s wild boars. That’s because 5G, the fifth-generation wireless network, is making its worldwide debut at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The technology will be used to ward off the porcine pests who roam the mountainous region around the Games with fast-acting systems that shoot rays, spew gases and emit tiger roars.

That’s just the start of 5G -- South Korea’s attempt to showcase the first-in-the-world commercial use of the technology that’s not scheduled to roll out globally until 2020. At the Games, shuttle buses run with no humans at the wheel, and 360-degree images in real time show competing figure skaters as they glide around the ice.

Fifth-generation wireless networks are designed to be wicked fast, about 100 times faster than 4G. At 10 gigabits a second, 5G can send a full-length high-definition movie in seconds. It also paves the way for the "internet of things," where devices from refrigerators to traffic lights to dog collars can talk to each other.

The tech industry is counting on the new capabilities: 5G will be important for developing artificial intelligence, drones, self-driving vehicles, robots and other machines that transmit massive data in real time, said Sandra Rivera, Intel Corp.’s California-based senior vice president overseeing network platforms. In other words, if computers talk to each other like children in 4G now, they’ll soon speak like grown-ups in 5G.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/5g-is-here-super-speed-makes-worldwide-debut-at-winter-olympics

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 11:55 AM

1. Kinda, sorta, not really.

Most of the spectrum dedicated for 5G here in the US won't be fast, at least as of right now, though it will be effective for things like network data between devices (IoT) that don't require a lot of speed but do need a steady connection, similar to what South Korea is actually doing here. The system being described doesn't need to be high-speed..

This will come into play later as cars on the interstate become internetworked to improve road efficiency and speed, apps will locate parking garages near destinations for dedicated vehicles, delivery drones, internetworking of red lights, and so on in the 2020s. One thing I really still don't see happening is people connecting their phone to their refrigerator to tell them when they are low on milk, too many problems with that.

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Response to smoke check (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 04:51 PM

2. On that fridge thing - don't be so sure . . . . .

It might be a very popular app . . . .

A parent with 4 kids in high school at the same time - the fridge stock levels can take a beating!

The twins were born 11 months after I was - a fourth - 2 years after that . . . . .

Our after class raids could absolutely devastate Ma's plans for the next day's meals/lunches.

WE HEARD ABOUT THAT!



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Thu Feb 15, 2018, 01:38 AM

3. If I could have my fridge text my phone to say we were low on C. Milk, that would be life changing

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Response to LeeCPTINF (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 15, 2018, 10:55 AM

4. The problems are that if there is anything else in the milk spot, the fridge won't know.

It could be connected via software to your text, but the app will just be something else on your phone.

5G will be live almost nationwide in the US by May 2020. The contracts to install towers and install new equipment on existing towers has already been signed by the companies that now own a large portion of that part of the spectrum. Dish Network is the single largest player in it, right now.

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