Our 5G Future
A new chapter in the evolution of high speed wireless networks has arrived with the introduction of 5G technology. This innovation is expected to dramatically improve the way we communicate with connections at least
5G is a platform for innovations that will not only enhance today’s mobile broadband services but will also expand mobile networks to support a vast diversity of devices and services, and connect new industries with improved performance and efficiency.
5G is expected to usher in the next digital revolution by enabling various Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including smart traffic solutions, precision agriculture, remote surgery and improved patient monitoring, collision avoidance technology, advanced industrial automation and enhanced public safety capabilities.
In June 2021, the Pennsylvania State Legislature enacted House Bill 1621 – the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. With the passage of the bill, Pennsylvania joined more than 30 other states to establish a uniform framework for the deployment of small cell nodes, the infrastructure backbone of 5G technology.
Today, Pennsylvania is better positioned to compete for private investment dollars that will be used to improve connectivity and provide consumers with access to 5G technology and all of the innovation it is expected to generate.
The Evolution of Mobile Connectivity
Communication has drastically changed over the past decade. With more mobile devices in the U.S. today than there are people, traffic on our networks and the demand for mobile data continues to grow exponentially.
While the innovative potential of 5G is just now starting to be understood, let’s remember how the emergence of 4G enriched our communities, households and businesses. Today, we order food, secure transportation, visit the doctor, and stream movies all from our wireless devices. A 5G future is expected to be even more transformative.
Many of us rely on access to mobile data which has become critical to our daily lives, enabling “business on the go” and powering “smart homes” with “smart devices,” like Nest Thermostats and digital assistants such as Amazon Echo or GoogleHome.
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