Some industry commentators predict that 5G networks will be in full use by 2020, with over 1 billion users worldwide connected to the technology by 2025.
Meanwhile, in Australia, telcos have begun rolling out 5G services in each state, and the first 5G enabled devices are now available.
This latest upgrade to mobile networks will provide from three major performance improvements:
1. Faster network speeds
5G networks will be theoretically capable of download speeds as fast as 20Gbps. However, the 5G specification says that individual users should see a minimum download speed of 100Mbps. That's the fastest NBN speed as a minimum.
2. Lower latency
Simply put, latency is the time it takes information to get from your phone to the wider internet and back again. The typical latency for a 4G network is around 60 milliseconds, but 5G could decrease this to as low as 1 millisecond, a massive increase in network performance.
3. More simultaneous connections
5G will allow more devices to connect to the network at the same time. This will enable new developments in autonomous cars, connected machinery, and Internet of Things.
These network improvements will revolutionise the way most industries operate, including the event industry. How?
4. Live streaming
Because 5G networks can run up to 1,000 times faster than current 4G/LTE networks, they will allow event organisers to greatly improve live streaming services and to reach groups that would be otherwise unable to attend.
Live streaming is already available on all major social media platforms alongside many other event media platforms, so a smoother live feed will benefit a vast audience—even hundreds of thousands!
The performance improvements accompanying 5G technology will also empower emerging technologies eagerly anticipated by event organizers such as AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality).
Marketers will be able to show off the visual aspects of their brand worlds like never before, and will be able to transmit video marketing, AR aspects, and vivid visual content globally and instantly.
5. Improved event experience
5G technology will allow event planners to give their attendees more value and a better experience.
In the past, some events have struggled under the weight of all the wireless networks. In one famous example, an iPhone demo at an Apple event went south because there were more than 500 wireless networks running ad hoc in the venue.
With the advent of 5G, however, the expected hundredfold increase in data transfer rates could potentially make latency a thing of the past on the expo hall floor. These and other factors will help attendees to make the best use of their time exploring the show floor and connecting with other attendees.
Many events also utilise technological features such as computerised festival coins, wristbands, and more. With 5G’s faster speeds, reduced latency and better connectivity, event product demos, ticketing, registrations, check-ins, mapping, directions and interactive experiences like online bidding and popup podcasting will be seamless.
From pre-ordering refreshments to curating the ultimate festival experience for social media, event attendees will be offered smarter, better curated events that can be accessed through their mobile phone.
The event apps and tech currently being used will be improved, and others that are not currently possible will no doubt emerge.
6. Event security
5G networks will also improve connectivity between event security personnel, ensuring more effective communication and faster response during any emergency.
Attendees will also have quicker, more reliable options to call for help if necessary.
In short, having a network that is more accessible, more reliable and extremely fast will make every aspect of the event experience more immersive, more detailed, and more personalised. And it will drive innovation with new and exciting ideas for the events of the future.
The introduction of 5G networks is set to transform the event industry, allowing better data collection, live-streaming, communication, security, and other improvements.