A CON­NECTED FU­TURE

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The fu­ture is hap­pen­ing right now. A fu­ture of con­nec­tiv­ity 2.0 where the world­wide web builds a global vil­lage of de­vices that are all about in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity. In this fu­ture, cars com­mu­ni­cate us­ing ad­vanced In­ter­net stream­ing, con­vers­ing with in­fras­truc­ture and cel­lu­lar de­vices, all us­ing an in­tri­cate ar­ray of gi­ga­byte transfers. Far-fetched fic­tion fan­tasy? Nope, well not since MTN and Eric­son re­cently showed that we are on the brink of step­ping into ul­tra-con­nec­tiv­ity at the pi­lot launch of its 5G wire­less net­work. Us­ing this 5G net­work, a driver was tasked to nav­i­gate a course wear­ing a Vir­tual Re­al­ity head­set that re­ceived a con­stant 1.6 Gbps data down­load stream from a se­ries of 4K cam­eras. This al­lowed him to vir­tu­ally see his sur­round­ings at nearly zero lag with a max­i­mum reg­is­tered la­tency of only five mil­lisec­onds. So, yes the fu­ture is here, and the net­work tech­nol­ogy is us­able; how­ever, it is pro­jected that it will only roll out at around 2023.

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