Starting signal for the 5G operation in Germany. The auction for the new 5G frequencies has started. Among the bidders are Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica Deutschland, Vodafone and Drillisch. With this innovation, a decisive foundation stone is laid for the future of German industry.

What is 5G?

In its simplest definition, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular networking and thus the next step in mobile communications technology. It is intended to replace the current LTE networks and increase data speed by worlds.

For more information see “Innovation explained: 5G“.

 

significance of 5G for the technologies of the future

With the 5G standard and a faster network, a lot is changing in the digital landscape. The new type of connectivity enables companies that take advantage of the opportunities offered by the standard to gain a competitive edge over their competitors and reinvent the business world as we know it.

 

Smart Home and Smart Cities

Wherever connectivity is involved, 5G will play a role in the future. Both Smart Home and Smart Cities approaches depend on the networked devices. In cities, autonomous vehicles and other smart devices interact with each other, in smart homes it is intelligent household appliances.

City and household data must also be transmitted via the 5G network in order to be able to react optimally to changes and opportunities, for example in smart metering or urban resource planning.

 

Autonomous driving

5G, for example, is indispensable for the future of autonomous driving, as intelligent vehicles need the high speed of the network to process and communicate with obstacles and road signs as quickly as possible. During these processes, huge amounts of files are moved back and forth.

 

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

The 5G standard also has an impact on immersive media such as augmented reality and virtual reality. The high data capacity and speed will reduce latency times and make VR and AR applications more fluid than ever before.

Especially with live applications, such as games or events, the user’s experience can be increased so fundamentally.

 

What to do next?

The start of today’s auction was just the beginning. Now a process begins that could take several weeks until the final decisions have been made.

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