The excitement around Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Driverless Cars and so on have always been limited by the technology infrastructure - the speed, bandwidth and security being the key concerns. What use is there to controlling your oven from work if you can't turn it off due to wifi not being available or a slow internet connection?
... with 5G, this is hopefully going to be a concern of the past.
The global race is on to develop 5G, the fifth generation of mobile network. While 5G will follow in the footsteps of 4G and 3G, this time scientists are more excited. They say 5G will be different - very different. If you're thinking, "Great, that's the end of my apps stalling, video faltering, and that everlasting load sign," then you are right - but that's only part of the story. 5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum. That means the opportunity for properly connected smart cities, remote surgery, driverless cars and the "internet of things". So, how best to understand this joined-up, superfast, all-encompassing 5G network? It seems that the term "harmonisation of the radio spectrum" is key.