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We just can't imagine our lives without technology anymore! From the moment we wake up to the time we retire at night, everything we do is on our smartphones. Covid-19 has further accelerated its adoption, with remote working becoming the mainstay in the 'new normal.' While there's a new development occasionally, we are most excited about the 5G revolution that is set to change how we communicate, share, and function in our daily lives. From entertainment to work, this particular technology will make everything more smooth and seamless, with its high speed and low latency.

Many countries are already experiencing the 5G revolution, including China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and some parts of the US. And India can't wait to be swept away by this technology. Bharti Airtel has become the telecom company in the country to successfully demonstrate live Airtel 5G services in Hyderabad over a commercial network. The telco also tested live Airtel 5G services in the 700 MHz band, on the outskirts of Kolkata, in partnership with Nokia.

 

How is 5G better, and what does it promise?

We already know 4G has changed the way we communicate; now expect 5G to take things several notches higher when it comes to data transmission and bandwidth. Users will be able to get up to 20 Gbps, meaning you will be able to entertain yourself by playing games or listening to music, watching your favourite shows, or scrolling through social media without the hassles of data drops. If reports are to go by, 5G carriers are expected to support speeds up to 1Gbps, which is 10x the speeds offered by 4G LTE.

Plus, the latency for 5G is much lower compared to 4G. While 4G was limited to a latency of 50ms, 5G can reach as low as 1ms, which means practically no delay in response.

 

Bharti Airtel has become the telecom company in the country to successfully demonstrate live Airtel 5G services in Hyderabad over a commercial network. The telco also tested live Airtel 5G services in the 700 MHz band, on the outskirts of Kolkata, in partnership with Nokia.
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Bharti Airtel has become the telecom company in the country to successfully demonstrate live Airtel 5G services in Hyderabad over a commercial network. The telco also tested live Airtel 5G services in the 700 MHz band, on the outskirts of Kolkata, in partnership with Nokia.

The impact of 5G can be felt across verticals:

1. Healthcare: We have already made strides in healthcare, but with the power of artificial intelligence and 5G, the industry is set to witness even more development, especially when it comes to diagnostic and treatment plans. With 5G's high speed and low latency, data distribution will happen more seamlessly than ever before. It will also ensure remote diagnosis and surgeries are far more effective. Moreover, this technology will hugely impact rural healthcare, where accessibility and affordability are pain points.

As part of its recent' 5G for Business' initiative, Airtel joined hands with technology partners like Cisco, AWS, Ericsson, Accenture, Nokia and more, to deploy and test 5G solutions for clients like Apollo Hospitals and Flipkart. Their use cases also focus on smart healthcare, AR/VR, digital twins, and connected frontline workforces.

2. Entertainment: Streaming all kinds of content from OTT and video platforms has become second nature for many of us due to the pandemic restricting us to our homes for months on end. And 5G will take this streaming and downloading experience to newer heights. From movies to TV shows to videos, you will be able to download files within seconds through this technology. That's not all - you will even be able to download high-quality games in no time and enjoy superior gaming thanks to faster connection and low latency.

3. Remote processing and cloud gaming: With high speeds, accessing files, programs and applications will be a breeze. This is all because of Cloud Technology! This spells good news for gamers, who will be able to play action-packed titles like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto on mobile devices without any hassle. This is because, with cloud gaming, you do not need to download games on your phone; instead, you can stream them on any device you own.

Here's how it works. Games are hosted on the remote server of a gaming technology platform. Users can then stream it on their smartphones or tablets, eliminating the need for discs and consoles, high-configuration graphics cards, or high-end smartphones.

Airtel demonstrated what to expect when pro gamers Mortal (Naman Mathur) and Mamba (Salman Ahmad) tested cloud gaming on the Airtel 5G test network at Manesar. They used mid-segment smartphones connected to a 3500 MHz high capacity spectrum band and recorded speeds of over 1 Gbps and a latency of 10 milliseconds.

4. Augmented and Virtual Reality: If immersive experiences are on your mind, 5G will bring you some thrilling experiences. A common challenge today when it comes to Virtual Reality headsets is that high ping causes a lag between action and response. Not only is the wait annoying, but in many cases, it can cause motion sickness. Since you need high-speed networks to enjoy AR and VR, 5G technology will be able to fulfill this requirement with ease.

5. Smart homes and cities: Another big impact as a consequence of 5G is the establishment of smart homes and smart cities. That means over the years, we can expect self-driving vehicles, smart signals, less traffic congestion on roads, and more cameras for enhanced public safety and customer convenience.

The last word

Our lives are centred around technology, and this is only going to increase in the years to come. So, expect more data sharing, storage, and the need for more security. Well, the good news is that 5G can help in many ways!

It is all set to shape up India's growth story, and we couldn't be more excited!

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