The fifth generation (5G) of mobile communications is forecast to be a pillar of the digital economy and Vietnam has been busy making preparations to become one of the first countries to develop its 5G network.
Telecom companies and various national governments around the world consider 5G technology a prerequisite for them to accelerate in the field of wireless technology.
At the recent ASEAN conference on 5G in Hanoi, Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said 5G is the first technology specifically designed towards connecting things. If 2G, 3G, and 4G managed to connect 7 billion people around the globe, 5G will connect billions of devices and transfer the physical analogue world into the digital sphere, he said.
Hung noted that 5G technology will create a connection revolution, boosting bandwidth capacity and speed for all devices, especially connections that require real-time response. It will foster fundamental changes in many industries like manufacturing, transport, healthcare, and agriculture, while facilitating innovation in almost all sectors.
Sharing this view, many experts have noted that when 5G technology becomes commercialised, it will bring considerable benefits to all fields. It will promote the development of a range of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, virtual reality, and blockchain.
5G technology will help optimise the activities of governmental agencies, enhance interaction between governments and citizens, and increase labour productivity in different industries. With high data transfer speeds and low latency, this technology will also help fuel the growth of the electronic wallet service of mobile money.
Thieu Phuong Nam, General Director of Qualcomm Indochina, said Vietnam is one of the first countries to make plans for 5G application. Like many other nations, it faces the significant challenge when deploying a new technology of ensuring that the whole mobile ecosystem works well together, he said.
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26 March 2019