Beyond the Hype: 5G and Cloud Computing

How 5G is Shaping the Future of Tech

This Cota Access session is all about 5G and Cloud Computing, with four outstanding panelists who explain how this revolutionary technology will impact existing technologies and spark the development of new innovations down the road. The panel includes:

The key, according to our experts, lies in the way that 5G offers lower latency and higher throughput in a reliable way, providing a different quality of service. The advances we’ve made with 5G have prompted new user experiences and enabled promising ones, like augmented reality. 

Highlights from the Panel Discussion

I want to highlight some of the most important points that we discussed, roughly following the same order in the video recording.

  1. Every ten years or so, a new generation of mobile and wireless connectivity comes alive and brings along significant technological innovations. 1G emerged in 1979 in Japan, 2G in Finland in 1991, to 5G now in 2019–2020.
  2. 5G offers lower latency, higher throughput in a reliable way, providing a different quality of service (QoS) than what was possible before with network slicing and other technologies.
  3. You can build new user experiences or enable promising ones such as augmented reality, moving processing between devices and edge computing in the best combination possible.
  4. The cloud computing consumption model, made popular by Amazon Web Services and now offered by other large cloud providers as well, is now being extended to “edge computing”, thanks to more reliable connectivity offered by 5G.
  5. There are significant new technologies being introduced, in addition to the expansion of the spectrum being utilized. With Massive MIMO, each element of an antenna transmits separately and supports smaller antennas. Beam forming increases the gain and reduces interference.

Other technologies that we had to table for a different discussion include Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC).