In the world of wireless communications, 5G has been a revolution, offering speeds far beyond what businesses and consumers previously expected. Today, 5G is continuing to progress as it becomes more accessible.
While the clearest change relating to 5G is increased connection speeds on mobile devices, that isn’t the only impact it’s having. Here’s a look at 5G trends that will likely make waves in 2023.
Rapidly Rising Usage (and the Further Demise of 3G)
Overall, 5G adoption has been reasonably quick. One main reason is that 5G-capable smartphones have been present in the market since 2019. Ultimately, that gave many people opportunities to secure a compatible device before 5G service was formally available in their cities. As a result, the moment it reached their area, the transition was seamless.
As one would expect, the rise of 5G is causing 3G to continue to dwindle. Ultimately, coverage areas primarily expand, and far more regions have access to at least 4G services. In the end, 3G likely won’t remain a part of the market for much longer, simply because it’ll be overtaken by more advanced connectivity capabilities.
Taking Steps Toward Consumer Network Slicing
Network slicing can lead to various performance benefits, such as reducing latency. However, it hasn’t been overly viable in the consumer market until somewhat recently. Advances in the device and app development arena were both crucial components that have just begun to fill the necessary gaps, which pave the way for future networking slicing.
Precisely when networking slicing may become commonplace isn’t clear. However, it’s wise to expect movement during 2023 and into 2024 as carriers continue to explore opportunities in this arena.
Widespread Use of Wearables
While wearables – like smartwatches – aren’t inherently new, their use will likely grow as 5G expands. Increased speeds can give devices an opportunity to explore additional capabilities. As the wearables themselves bring more to the table, interest in them may rise.
Additionally, faster connections could make supporting several simultaneously wearables easier. While network speed isn’t the sole factor in regard to performance – as a smartphone’s capabilities also play a significant role in the equation – it is a critical component. As a result, 5G could lead to notable performance improvements in the wearables category, which could also encourage wider adoption.
Advances in Competitive Mobile Gaming
As mobile devices become more capable, mobile games have the ability to offer better experiences. However, connection speeds are a factor in the competitive mobile gaming market. Ultimately, any experience that has two users going head-to-head and relies on wireless connectivity is impacted by network speed.
With the increased presence of 5G, developers may be able to take advantage of the improved speed to create a better competitive mobile gaming experience. As a result, there could be notable advances in this arena in the coming years.
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Ultimately, all of the 5G trends above could become relevant in 2023. If you want to remain informed or need to hire new employees to prepare for what the future holds, TekCom can help. Contact us today.