As the Internet of Things becomes more pervasive, technology must keep up with the demand for even faster and more powerful connections.Much has changed since the first generation of connectivity in the 1980s, with each subsequent generation breaking through barriers for speed, security, and reliability. 5G, the lastest generation of connectivity, is poised to make the biggest impact yet.

What is 5G?

5G stands for “fifth generation,” and represents the latest iteration of mobile connectivity. It is significantly faster than 4G technology (which most consumers are currently using). It promises a better browsing experience, shorter upload and download times, and the ability to use applications or programs that require much faster data transmission times.

While many networks have already started testing 5G networks, widespread adoption isn’t projecteduntil at least 2020. Consumers are eagerly anticipating the potential improvements to video, however.

How will 5G impact video?

The speed of 5G will allow users to consume live video in a much more seamless way. With 4G technology (and earlier), live video can be subject to latency and jittery frames, making the experience less than optimal. As 5G reduces the instability of live video, more companies may use video as a customer support channel for real-time interactions.

Video-on-demand also stands to benefit from the increased speed of 5G. Consumers don’t want to wait for content to download. With 5G, download times have the potential to shrink to mere seconds. Without the hassle of waiting for digitally-heavy content to download and play, consumers will download more content on a wider variety of devices, including mobile phones, laptops, and smart TVs.

With greater bandwidth and lower latency, the mobile live streaming experience will be better for both the viewer and the streamer. Thanks to a lack of congestion on 5G networks, even morelive-streamers can share content to a greater number of connected devices, and without the jitter and lag that many live streamers experience today.

What else will 5G bring to users?

Beyond the traditional world of video, 5G will further enable the Internet of Things to allow more devices to connect and communicate with each other at the same time. This new level of connectivity opens doors for self-driving cars, virtual reality, and robots to take center stage in everyday consumer life. Everything from deadbolts to dog houses has the potential to become a connected device.

Consumers shouldn’t expect an immediate rollout of the most advanced use cases, however. The first application of 5G, which is already rolling out in larger cities, will begin with broader use cases such as in-home wireless connections, faster video delivery services, and machine-to-machine communication services.

No matter the use case, one thing is certain: 5G will transform the way people create and consume technology, with more bandwidth and faster speed than the world has ever seen.