Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence, robotic process automation (RPA), blockchain protocol, and mobile connectivity. Patrick is the author of the award-winning book Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain (2018, Authority Publishing) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. He has lectured about business trends at various academic institutions including Purdue and Stanford Universities. 5G mobile connectivity promises to deliver 100x mobile data transmission speed improvements at roughly one thirtieth of the current cost. That will usher in the biggest disruption that the mobile industry has experienced since it began back in the 1980s. Patrick’s focus on disruptive innovation and exponential technologies allows him to understand the context of this disruption and the likely impact on myriad industries across the economy. Business leaders need to understand the emerging 5G telecom revolution and its implications within their respective business models. In particular, businesses need to deploy quickly to leverage the first-mover-advantage and dramatic cost advantage of 5G mobile connectivity.
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Expert on 5G Mobile Technology
5G technology accelerates two distinctly different areas of wireless mobile connectivity. First, it accelerates transmission speeds, allowing users to download videos, for example, in a fraction of the time required to do so on 4G or 3G networks. Second, it accelerates responses times (by more than 400 times) when transmitting commands over 5G networks. In addition, 5G hardware will be much smaller than current 4G transmission boxes. Obvious use cases include autonomous self-driving cars, virtual reality headsets, and over-the-top media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. The technology will also play critical roles in the Internet of things (IoT), medical devices, industrial robotics, and agricultural machinery. 5G will also deliver a more personalized online experience by using a technique called “network slicing” that allows separate and unique networks to be developed from a central cloud service.
The challenge with 5G is that it requires almost entirely new hardware in order to operate properly. The deployment of 3G and 4G was fairly straight forward, because they could use the same radio-based infrastructure that existed decades before. For 5G mobile connectivity, however, higher bandwidth frequencies are required, forcing providers to make significant investments upfront. Some telecommunications experts believe it will take until 2025 for 5G penetration to reach 50% of mobile phone accounts, while others believe it will mostly role out in 2018. The dramatic difference between those two estimates demonstrates the uncertainties involved in this new mobile technology. When it does arrive, however, it will dramatically change the way we access the Internet, both for personal reasons and also for business applications.
5G Connectivity Keynote Speech
Patrick follows the trends in these various technology areas by following the companies and startups pioneering the technology, as well as those doing proofs of concept and pilot programs. In the field of quantum computing, those players include the following:
- Qualcomm: Everything You Need to Know About 5G
- Intel: Capture The 5G Effect with Intel
- Dell: Is 5G Poised to Jumpstart Innovation?
- Ericsson: Design your 5G business strategy
- Cisco Systems: Cisco 5G Cloud-to-Client Network
- Hewlett Packard: HPE OfficeConnect 1420 5G Switch
- IBM: Envisioning America’s 5G Future
- Broadcom: Broadcom Introduces the Industry’s First 5G Radio Switch
- Samsung: Whitepaper on the future of 5G technologies
- Huawei: 5G is NOW
- ZTE: 5G Industry Summit – Going Beyond Reality
- AT&T: AT&T Names 99 New 5G Evolution Markets