Mobile communication has completely changed the way we live, work and play. When they come online in the next five to ten years, 5G networks are expected to revolutionise the ways we do business and drive unprecedented economic and societal growth.
Euronews was at the recent ITU Telecom World in Bangkok, a major meeting point of governments, regulators and the telecom industry. “One of the big buzzwords this year is 5G, which promises ultra high speed wireless internet,” said Euronews correspondent Jeremy Wilks.
He spoke to Philipp Metzger, director general of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications. According to him, “this will be an interconnected world, it will be a world where humans are communicating with each other but also with machines, where machines are communicating with each other and where we are using different layers of services through one network that ultimately merges into one, and where people are not really aware of the connectivity anymore, they just are connected to whatever they use.”
To achieve the so-called “5G dream”, the engineers meeting in Bangkok envisage some mind-blowing data rates.