How 5G mobile phone technology could change the hospitality industry
March 30, 2016
In today’s world of fast 4G mobile, where messages reach us instantly, favourite TV shows can be streamed from the palm of your hand and a date can be confirmed with a swipe, it is hard to see how mobile can get any better.
But it will, or rather it will become even more capable. 5G is the latest iteration of mobile, and while 4G brought us massive data transfer, 5G will bring us true machine-to-machine communication, allowing the oft-mentioned Internet of Things to finally become a reality. This will transform every industry, from healthcare, which will see doctors diagnosing patients from hundreds of miles away before they even realize it, to transport and energy (driverless cars, etc).
The hospitality industry is no exception, and while these are early days with 5G not expected for mass adoption before 2020 (although the South Koreans are looking at installing the infrastructure in time for the Winter Olympic Games in 2018), we can still look ahead to the possibilities 5G could bring.