Remember the $300 million transatlantic cable designed to shave 5 milliseconds off of stock trades? Or the NYSE antennas intended to save two-millionths of a second?

Tech professionals and typical consumers alike are extremely curious about whether 5G will make a noticeable difference in telecommunications connections. We’ll help you distill the signal from the noise.

Low Latency

“Much of the excitement around 5G networks has to do with their low latency,” the amount of time required to transmit data packets from point A to point B. With 5G, latency will hover around one millisecond.

Graphic courtesy of Digital Trends.

The low latency is likely to improve video download speeds. Rather than requiring 10 minutes to download, a video could take as few as 10 seconds (or even five) to download. This does have positive implications for fast-paced businesses that need to turn results around quickly.

Connection Density

The connection density within 5G makes IoT adoption a more enticing prospect than ever before. Previously, organizations that relied on sensors and connected devices contended with the challenge of having to set up low latency wireless networks on their own. A world with 5G will reduce the operational friction, and increase use of interconnected systems.

Graphic depicting ten fold increase in connection density

Graphic courtesy of Digital Trends.

For groups that rely on drones to carry out search and rescue missions, or other life-saving services, 5G networks may facilitate better communication and better outcomes. Groups that develop autonomous vehicles may also find it of use in facilitating communication between vehicles.

These organizations should plan to employ robust, consolidated cyber security infrastructure that can secure across attack vectors. If you’re interested in detailed information about securing your future 5G network, be sure to read this whitepaper.