Forgotten Infrastructure: Wireless Networks for the Next Generation
RingPlus News Service Los Angeles July 14th, 2017:
A major national topic of discussion under the last few administrations has been the upgrade to infrastructure around the United States. This discussion is often brought up not only due to its obvious improvement to the functionality and overall aesthetic of cities across the U.S., but because along with infrastructure projects comes the creation of jobs. One subject that often gets overlooked in this conversation is the building of wireless networks for the next generation.
When speaking about next generation wireless networks the biggest piece of the puzzle would be 5G technology. Global management company Accenture, has predicted that the rollout of 5G technology will create 3 million jobs and add $500 billion to the US GDP. This growth is expected to have a massive impact for the country. This growth would come from the accessibility of the new technology. Many companies are eagerly waiting to harness the power of 5G which is said to be up to ten times faster than 4G, because not only will it give them the ability to connect billions of devices, it will also give them the necessary power to execute their innovative ideas. These include things such as self-automated cars, mobile technology and will create a platform for future medical and educational advancements.
Instead of using single, large cell phone towers every few miles, 5G will use various shoe sized boxes that would be installed in existing lights, buildings and other infrastructure. The approval for installation must be approved by the US government and this raises the question: Who should have control over the installation of new wireless networks? The US Government or Telecoms? While the answer to this is an entirely different article, it’s clear that this will be an issue in the very near future and one that must be addressed because as Marcelo Claure has stated “The flow of information across the country’s mobile networks is becoming every bit as important as the flow of goods across our national highway system.”