2019 promises to be the year when the world starts adopting fifth generation mobile connectivity or 5G, according to the tech editor of a major broadsheet.
Manila Bulletin tech editor Art Samaniego said 5G applications go beyond smartphones.
Here in the Philippines, 5G may make telecommuting more feasible because work-from-home professionals will be able to access and transfer gigabytes of data, as if they were connected to their office LAN, Samaniego said in an interview with ANC's Future Perfect.
Machine to machine communications, or the internet of things, may become more mainstream, as well as autonomous cars.
But he cast doubt about the claims of Philippine telcos that 5G will arrive in the country by the second quarter of this year.
"Very loose yung definition ng 5G sa atin," said Samaniego.
He noted that local telcos say download speeds of around 40Mbps already counts as 5G, when "real" fifth generation connectivity is at least 10Gbps.