Eye on the 5, and the Internet of Things

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This week in Las Vegas was an unveiling of network intelligence to deploy a higher speed of 4G wireless networks to the next generation 5. Vestberg, a CEO for the industry stated the 5G network will be smarter not just faster. The conference called “The Internet of Things” shared Vestberg’s vision of a network intelligence connection to every object and to each other. He holds the idea of changing lives for the better. In an interview, Vestberg stated “We are seeing the biggest transformation ahead of us.” Ericsson, which is known as the world’s largest telecom vendor along with Vestberg have been discussing the ideals of a connected society for many year. Ericsson is already ahead in working on the technology, especially for the 5G, although he doesn’t see this happening until 2020.

4G has always been about speed, but imagine a 5G being not only about speed but also which thinks. Vestberg said as a result of 5G, service-aware networks will be springing up; networks with understanding context, almost like a personal connection to that device. Using a self-driving car as an example, he said a 5G network will have the intelligence to recognize the driver will need a higher connection speed for their smartphone, yet the car will need a lower connection to speed up response time. If the device is running low on power, then radio pings will be reduced to save energy.
This concept will only work if every car is connected. Many car manufacturers are already on board. Subaru stated they would bring a 4G LTE connection to select 2016 model automobiles. Volvo has been involved in this project from the early stages. General Motors and Audi are expected to follow suit in the near future.Mobile communications 1G-5G infographics LANDSCAPE 400px

In other scenarios of connectedness would be the medical field. Remote surgeries performed from different areas are fast becoming a reality. At ” The Internet of Things” Ericsson also demonstrated a connected bike helmet which when paired with connected cars, lead the cars to sense the bike and automatically braked in order to avoid a collision. Samsung has pledged loyalty to this all-things-connected concept and states everything they sell will be able to connect to internet within 5 years.

Looking ahead to 2020, the world will be connected, 85 percent will have at least a 3G connection. Sixty percent will be on to 4G. Vestberg said “the key to a fully connected society is getting everyone up and running on a consistent network. Once the connections are in place, that’s when the fun starts. People will come up with ways to innovate,” Vestberg added, “It’s a total paradigm shift.” All in the world we live in today…the internet of things.

Mobile Data Plans

Wireless Data Plans

Mobile Data Plans

Your first thought when considering mobile computing and data plans should be how much data you will be using. Most of the big cell phone companies offer 5GB of data for around $60 per month. While this may seem like a lot of data on the surface, overage charges can rack up fairly quickly as you use your laptop. With an unmetered data-using device such as a computer, many users can quickly find themselves over their data limit when they are using their computer and cell phone with as much frequency as they once did with their home wireless.

Wireless Data Plans

Wireless Data Plans

If your plan is to use your mobile data plan only while traveling, or just when your home Internet is down, even 5GB may be too large of a plan for your needs. If you want to use some data each month, as may be the case if you are using a mobile computing data plan as a back up to an unreliable home internet, a monthly smaller plan may be just the ticket for you. Smaller data plans can range from 75MB to 500MB and are more affordable than the larger plans. It may be just what you need.

Still other people opt for a pre-paid mobile computing and data plan. The reason for this is that they may only need mobile computing when they are on vacation, for instance. Pre-paid plans can get pricey fairly quickly for heavy users, but for those who may just want to get their email while on the road, for instance, a pre-paid plan is very affordable and will provide everything the user needs in a data plan without being excessively costly. For light users, or those who will only use a data plan a few times per year for a short period, pre-paid plans are perfect.

So, how do you know if you’re getting the plan you need? The best thing to do is to talk to your wireless provider, the company through whom you will be getting your data plan. Tell them what you will be using your data plan for and how much mobile computing you plan to do. They will have the best idea how big of a plan you may need. Then monitor your usage either through a downloaded mobile app, or through your providers Website to ensure you have the right plan for your mobile computing lifestyle.