5G: Prelude to a Fully Connected Future

In the age of Coronavirus, having everything connected might prove to be a good thing.

Quarantined at home due to Covid-19? Not an issue if you have 5G wireless connection. Well, 4G is good enough but 5G would have made everything pretty seamless and instantaneous, in a smart home environment.

Beyond the home, had 5G been implemented worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic would have had been easier to deal with especially for those under quarantine and for governments scrambling to trace millions of people who have had close contacts with the thousands of confirmed victims worldwide.

At speeds that’s 20 times faster than the current 4G, a lot of activities would have been super-speeded up – this includes speeding up data analytics where artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is used to estimate the probability that a given neighbourhood or even an individual has exposure to Covid-19. This is done by matching the location of smartphone users to known locations of infected individuals or groups. (Only China is known to do this, due to privacy concerns in the Western world).

With this information, limited medical resources are distributed more efficiently, for example, by directing tests for the virus to high-risk subjects identified by the AI algorithm.

For quarantined individuals and this is especially so in cities and countries under lockdown like Wuhan and Italy, a 5G connection would have made life much more tolerable as many activities could be remotely managed from home. Indeed, the forced quarantine is a chance for many to experiment with remote learning and working.

Furthermore, a person stuck at home whether voluntarily or due to mandatory self-isolation can easily order food or grocery online, download movies, or even explore investments including online window-shopping for properties.

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