Wireless Networks: 5G & What Happens Next

January 23rd, 2019
Originally published January 2019

Cell phones and smartphones have penetrated society in countless ways. As the phrase goes, if you need something, there’s an app for that. Per the Pew Research Center, in 2018, 95% of adult Americans own a cell phone and 77% own a smartphone—an increase from 35% in 2011. Smartphones are integrated into every aspect of our lives: from using GPS to ordering an Uber or paying a bill, the smartphone is the Swiss Army Knife of the information age.

With such integration into everyday life, it is very easy to take these new technologies for granted. Every year Apple and Samsung produce shiny new smartphones that grab the headlines, but these devices wouldn’t be nearly as useful or powerful if not for the behind the scenes innovation that powers the wireless network. As the introduction of 5G networks looms over the horizon, so do new technological possibilities, challenges, and opportunities.

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Wireless Networks: 5G & What Happens Next