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Coronovirus created our lives in ways we never imagined. The push to stay in our homes, run the world and stay connected, while exposing weaknesses we did not know. Patients cannot, or cannot, see their doctors, afraid of exposing themselves. Parents struggle to help their children focus on distance education, even as they re-learn how to do their work from home. And if they had enough broadband to start.
Enter 5G. Although next-generation wireless technology is no magic bullet for these problems, the idea of delivering a fast and responsive connection over the air holds promise in large measure for some of the problems exposed by epidemics and lockdowns.
To discuss some of the ways 5G can offer society benefits beyond speeding up your phone, I gathered three experts for CNET’s 5G panel: Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm and soon to be CEO, Tammy Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business and Dr. Steve Omen, Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care.
We discuss how 5G can help:
- Improving the telemedicine experience, ensuring that patients are comfortable seeing the doctor remotely.
- Create more engaging distance learning sessions with teachers than simple zoom calls.
- Allow for more AR and VR applications for both learning and work sessions.
- Close the broadband gap in a country where 18 million Americans still lack adequate Internet connections.
- How 5G can help drone delivery and autonomous driving.
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