5G is the newest iteration of wireless technology. The network offers lower latency and much faster data speeds, more reliability and availability, drastically increased network capacity, and a more uniform experience for all users. The product is a seamlessly integrated system of devices and users with no buffering, wait times, or lags. 5G networks are established in many parts of the world, but widespread integration is still a ways away due to infrastructure requirements (a huge consideration is that 5G networks can not run through existing 4G devices).
The transformative nature of 5G networks is difficult to grasp. Much like the way airplanes transformed transportation, this new generation of wireless technology is predicted to change the way we interact with everyone and everything, and expand our ways of learning. Imagine smart objects, the Internet of Things, and theoretically groundbreaking download speeds all at your fingertips. Spooky? Or cool?
5G networks will open the door and provide access to technologies such as immersive experiences (via virtual, augmented, and mixed realities), and assistive technologies for language learners (via real-time translation and video chat capabilities). As the global 5G network continues to grow, learners and educators across the world will be seamlessly connected in virtual spaces, which no doubt will support many elements of the Classrooms of the Future.
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