5G and related technologies was underwhelming

  • In the pre-pandemic world, the global industries were probably walking to reach their digital destination. But the COVID-19 outbreak has compelled them to sprint, jump, and somersault to achieve digital excellence as soon as they can. And certainly, telecom sector has kept up the pace too for delivering the network connectivity demands of the world.

    At this point, it is not possible to predict the timeline for the return of normalcy. But, looking at the way the world has adapted to the remote scenario, it is safe to say that the telecommunications sector has to work harder toward building smarter, safer, and stronger solutions. Let us explore some of the technologies that are expected to dominate the telecom industry in the coming year and possibly in the post-pandemic era.
    In 2021, T-mobile will extend its fast 5G services across the nation. The company has promised that their network will blanket an area covering almost 200 million people by the end of next year.

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    Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s president for technology, recently spoke to Fortune – “We’re off to the races and came out of the blocks super quick. We’re now adding on top of that (more of the spectrum) we secured in the combination with Sprint. That’s moving really, really fast. Thousands of sites on air today, thousands in construction, and thousands more ready to go into construction.”

    The majority of Android phones and the latest iPhones are now compatible with 5G, which is expected to become the de facto standard by the end of 2021 for all the smartphones. The promises of faster speed and reduced latency have been influential in the hype around the 5G network. And since the remote operations have uncovered several defaults in the existing networks, people are highly anticipating the arrival of 5G to their area.
    In 2020, everything went remote – from healthcare to education. With the support from the telco providers, virtual clinics were setup to cater to the non-COVID-19 patients. Telemedicine saw a huge boost in terms of adoption and deployment for ensuring the compliance to the social distancing protocols and saving up the hospital capacity.

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