Despite currently being in its infancy, 5G is already one of the most talked-about topics in the world of technology. Countries are clamouring to announce their own 5G rollout plans, whilst billions of dollars worth of contracts are being awarded to telecoms companies promising the fastest implementation.
But what makes fifth generation mobile so special? Rather than simply being an enhanced version of currently existing ‘fourth generation’ networks, 5G promises to completely change our expectations of what is possible.
5G promises data speeds that are several hundred times faster than what we currently experience, opening up entire avenues in the realm of communication, transport, automation, and, of course, entertainment. The world of media entertainment promises to be completely transformed by 5G. Here’s how.
5G and TV
One of the first major impacts we’re likely to see in the realm of entertainment regards television. Vastly enhanced speeds mean that buffering when streaming content will be a thing of the past. Consumers will be able to enjoy HD-quality streaming of their favourite shows on Netflix using their mobile data, without having to worry about quality slipping.
In the sports broadcasting sector, 5G is being taken seriously. Manchester United are currently in talks with Vodafone to build a 5G network at Old Trafford Stadium. The reason? The technology will allow every inch of the pitch to be broadcast live in perfect detail, with instant action replays from every angle. Capacity is key.
We are already starting to see the impacts of 5G on gaming. The enhanced speeds and capacity are what has allowed companies like Apple and Microsoft to announce their own so-called ‘Cloud Gaming Platforms’. These will allow gamers to play console-quality games from any device, including a regular smartphone. This is because, in 5G, much of the computing power is performed on the Cloud, rather than on physical networks.
The same transformation is currently happening in online gaming. Take one of the fastest-growing iGaming sectors, live casino gaming, for instance. The appeal of these platforms is that gamers can play real casino games in real time with experienced dealers via an HD camera setup and live streaming. Increased network speeds are allowing players to play games like baccarat from their mobile device, complete with live chats to casino staff, multiplayer, and crystal-clear quality. 5G technology will allow this kind of gaming to spread even further.
The applications for 5G in the music industry are almost too numerous to list. Aside from the obvious benefits of vastly improved streaming and downloads, companies are looking beyond the basics to see how this technology can truly change the game.
Companies such as Snapchat are reportedly looking into using 5G to beam 3D live concerts via augmented reality to anywhere in the world, with users only needing a passcode and a phone signal to access the content. 5G will also make the process of live editing much smoother, allowing for major live music events such as Beyonce’s Coachella performance to be seamlessly edited in real-time, without any delay for viewers at home. Access to the concert experience will soon be without limits.
5G may seem like a lot of hype at the moment, but it is coming sooner than you might think. Make sure to keep up to date with our 5G tag to monitor all of the latest developments.