2020 promises to be the year that 5G networking – the Fifth Generation of internet connectivity – becomes available to millions of North Americans through a number of major data carriers. While consumers may only become aware of many of its features and benefits over time, many hardware and appliance manufacturers are currently embedding advanced technology into their new products, in order to utilize 5G’s enormous capacity to transfer data. Often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), the connectivity of these smart devices will enable the exchange of great volumes of information instantly, offering a myriad of conveniences and services.

For example, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be applied to day-to-day functions, such as shopping and deliveries. The 5G bandwidth will enable instant communications – from your refrigerator to your grocer, or from your trash bin to your municipal waste service. Just as previous 4G interactivity enabled companies like Uber and Amazon to create entirely new domestic cultures, 5G will create many more new opportunities, with exponentially greater effect. It will drive the next era of technological breakthroughs, by allowing immediate responses and continuous coverage during critical tasks, such as enabling traffic management for driverless cars, and many other types of sensitive operations.