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Although already introduced by some carriers in some areas of the US, 5G - the successor to 4G, which currently provides connectivity to most mobile devices - could have a nationwide rollout by the end of 2020. The transition from 4G to 5G would transform the digital landscape as we know it today. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of 5G deployment across the United States?

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5G will pave the way for more advanced technologies

5G’s increased speed and connectivity will enable the development and advancement of future technologies such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and telemedicine.

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5G goes way beyond faster phones - its implementation will provide a much-needed boost in technology innovation and infrastructure. Since it is more reliable, responds faster and can carry more data, 5G will allow the U.S. to make major strides in many industries, from robotics to agriculture[1]. On a smaller scale, 5G could help with things like connecting street lights to the internet so they can monitor traffic and public safety[2]. However, it can also transform entire industries; farming, for example, will be much easier once farmers can run multiple machines at once[3]. Self-driving cars will officially take to the streets, making travel time faster and potentially reducing emissions by up to 90%[4]. Wireless robots will operate in factories with more ease and precision than human workers or wired robots. Surgeons will be able to perform surgeries remotely from anywhere in the world[1]. 5G will also aid in the development of 'smart cities', which aim to use technology for social, environmental, financial, and public health purposes. This not only will improve communication and quality of life for a city's residents, but will be incredibly beneficial for local economies[5]. A report published by Accenture claims that smart city solutions "could produce $160 billion in benefits and savings through reductions in energy usage, traffic congestion and fuel costs"[6]. Without the dependability of 5G, many of these technological innovations could not exist, at least not at the level of advancement that is predicted.

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