When it comes to fast and evolving industries, the telecom industry has long since been a leader. All you have to do is think about the sheer volume of mobile devices you’ve likely purchased in the past decade, and just how big of an improvement each one has been on the previous device, and it’s a bit mind-blowing. It gets to the point where consumers find themselves asking how can the technology possibly be improved upon at this point, and continue to evolve?

This year marked the rollout of 5G technology, which is something that most people wouldn’t have even thought possible five to 10 years ago. But here we are with 5G technology and asking the question: what’s next in the telecom industry?

5G Is Poised to be a Real Disrupter in the Industry

While each technology has caused a ripple effect when introduced, 5G technology is getting an entirely different title – that is the title of being a disrupter. It is expected to have such wide-reaching results across so many industries that it will transform the direction of technology and telecommunications in general. Those are some pretty lofty expectations and goals, but not entirely unexpected. One area, in particular, that is getting a lot of attention is how this 5G technology will affect cities. 

Picture in your mind a city that features such high-tech options as smart city infrastructure, the use of AI devices being broad and encompassing, self-driving cars that are connected to a network, smart transportation systems, smart traffic lights that can help eliminate traffic congestion, and so much more. That’s exactly the sort of future that 5G technology can help make a reality.

5G and the Cloud – How Will it Work?

Then there is the question of how this super-fast 5G technology will affect cloud computing services – something that individuals and businesses have grown very dependent on over the past handful of years. 

While download and upload speeds are getting a lot of attention, and with good reason, it’s the latency that will really be affected. Because 5G allows two devices on the same network to respond to each other almost instantly, the overall speed will dramatically improve on these cloud services. With 3G, the latency was approximately 100 milliseconds, 4G brought it down to 30 milliseconds, meanwhile with 5G, it will be a mere one millisecond.

This brings us to companies such as Vision Voice who are providing technologies such as Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) which integrate video, voice and messaging along with screen sharing and artificial intelligence (AI). As a result, cloud-hosted phone systems will be more responsive, fast, and high-tech than ever before thanks to 5G technology. Capitalising on what 5G has to offer, consumers and clients will continue to transform the telecom industry further.

An Exciting Time for the Telecom Industry

So as the 5G network continues to roll out, people can expect to see all kinds of advances and improvements in the telecom industry but don’t expect this to be an endpoint. This industry, above all others, will continue to push boundaries and find ways to improve further.