Some prognostications and 5G for the New Year

Jan. 4, 2019
by Mark Ollig

Welcome to 2019.

While typing this first column of 2019, I wondered about which tech topics will be getting the most attention this year.

I did a brainstorm session (which wasn’t easy this early in the morning), and wrote down the following list of technologies which should receive much attention this year.

Being we’re into 2019, I added futuristic “Star Trek” technology, because one never knows when warp drive, transporters, or a food replicator will become a reality.

• Artificial Intelligence;

• Internet of Things;

• Quantum Computing;

• Qubits;

• Coding;

• Robotic automation processes;

• Immersive Reality;

• Cybersecurity;

• Voice-Device interaction;

• 3D/4D printing;

• Personal data security;

• Cloud;

• healthcare sensors;

• Augmented/Virtual Reality;

• Softwarization;

• The Zettabyte Age;

• 5G;

• Futuristic “Star Trek” technology; and,

• Smart: cars, phones, devices, cities, sensors, homes, offices, (fill-in-the-blank).

You are right. More could be added to this list, of course, but I would fill up the remaining space left in today’s column.

This year will see more of the physical hardware used in data/communication networks and user-end equipment being replaced with software, in what has been called “softwarization.”

Softwarization technology is programmable for designing, implementing, deploying, managing, and maintaining data networks.

Benefits from using software to replace hardware components and devices are its ability to self-manage, independently run internal diagnostics, perform corrections, and upgrade its intended design purpose. All of these benefits result in cost-savings.

I feel, the most talked-about technology for 2019 will be from the major wireless carriers announcing their new 5G (5th generation) network technology being installed for use in their mobile/wireless networks.

The use of and the availability of 5G will increase dramatically when the ITU/IMT-2020 (International Telecommunications Union/International Mobile Telecommunications) engineering standards for 5G and 5G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) are satisfied.

When the last ITU/IMT-2020 requirements are standardized, the smartphone and IoT device makers will be busy finalizing their 5G/5G LTE capabilities for functioning over ultra-high-speed 5G/5G LTE cellular carrier networks.

5G LTE will provide optimum performance and the speediest connection speeds for a mobile user’s internet and data use. It is faster than plain 5G.

According to the ITU, 5G technology will provide “enhanced mobile broadband” and will be extensively used in smart home building; mission-critical applications, such as e-health, emergency services; self-driving cars (yes, I know, we have concerns here); industry automation, work and play in the cloud, and its ability of sending gigabytes worth of data within one second.

Low latency, meaning a network processing data with minimal delay; speedier up- and downloading of data, and ultra-reliability will be among the benefits when using a carrier’s 5G network.

June 2018, the ITU reported Poland was becoming the “European center of excellence” for 5G.

The ITU also stated Orange Telecom of France, and SK Telecom of South Korea were making progress in their 5G and cloud-related tests with phones from Nokia using the European Standard GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) technology, developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

In 2018, the top four US cellular providers announced their successful testing of 5G service currently being trialed in more than a dozen major US cities.

5G services will become publically available in selected major cities this year, while 5G and 5G LTE will become available in most major cities in 2020.

Most phone manufacturers are already prepared to release their first 5G-enabled phones; except for Apple. They are reportedly waiting until 2020 to release their 5G iPhone, which, I assume, will be 5G LTE compatible.

We should begin seeing cellular company’s 5G highway billboards here in Minnesota by this summer or fall.

I am excited about 5G, and plan on upgrading to a 5G LTE smartphone in 2020, or possibly late this year? Stay tuned.

Hang on, folks. It’s 2019, and we’ve begun another journey around the sun.

The 2019 Bits & Byte weblog is up and running at https://bitscolumn.blogspot.com.

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