The future of connectivity is coming, and it’s going to be faster, more efficient, and even more transformative than we could have imagined. With the arrival of 5G networks – said to be up and running by 2020 – and with analysts suggesting that the super-fast connectivity of over a billion people by 2025, there’s a real wave of anticipation across the tech and events community.
With the increased levels of connectivity predicted in the events industry, it’s now down to the experience designs, events managers and events technology teams to begin planning how to set this huge change into motion. They will need to explore how it can be used to heighten the experience of those attending events and the logistics of setting the event up in the first place. The impact 5G will have will be far beyond just increased connectivity, it will bring about a new horizon of possibility within the industry, allowing for increased levels of fluidity and customization of the relationship the industry has with technology.
You only have to look back at how the creation of 4G advanced how the world interacted with technology and brought about the rise of the IoT (the Internet of Things). 5G is set to fully reinforce a mobile society. Both live and digital experience will be more unified and seamless. There will be countless opportunities to create event experiences that are more immersive and personalized. It will open doors to greater levels of creativity and present more of us with the possibility of creating elevated versions of reality.
New opportunities with 5G technology
With 5G set to bring about huge changes to many sectors, one of the main highlights getting everyone excited is the lightning-fast connectivity it’s set to provide. With speeds said to be no less than 1000 times faster than 4G LTE, it would allow users to download an entire HD film in under a second. It isn’t too hard to see how much of a dramatic change this will be, not least for the events industry. So what does this mean in real terms? With download speeds of around 1GBps set to be the new norm, the amount of space this will create will cause a huge boost in the world of the IoT which will be phenomenal.
5G has been built on years of hard and dedicated work, harnessing the power of cutting edge technology. Connectivity is set to be boosted to levels that will allow massive, multi-platform sharing on a scale never seen before, and could remove the need for WiFi at events entirely. As the events industry becomes increasingly global and interconnected via the internet and mobile devices, this additional boost in speed of mobile connectivity will act as a catalyst for new technologies and events technologies that we can currently only imagine.
The promoters of 5G are already making huge claims that it will be the death of WiFi, as 5G connectivity will allow people access to faster internet connectivity regardless of location. Whilst it currently seems unlikely that WiFi will disappear from use (as it’s also likely we’ll see improved band speeds alongside mobile connectivity), it does seem more than likely that improved 5G global connectivity will make concepts like data roaming a thing of the past. With ‘global’ becoming the all-encompassing buzzword surrounding the excitement of 5G, 5G will be the first truly global mobile network. It will allow seamless and simultaneous platform sharing among operators spread around the world. 5G will finally provide the solution to problems that have hindered operators for years: a global network service experience which doesn’t require individual agreements with different operators around the world.