The speed of now. That is the reality of 5G technology which takes advantage of higher-frequency bands in the radio spectrum that have a lot of capacity but shorter wavelengths. 5G technology offers an extremely low latency rate, or the delay between sending and receiving information. From 200 milliseconds for 4G, we go down to 1 millisecond (1ms) with 5G.
That is extraordinary when you consider that a millisecond is 1/1,000 of a second and that the average reaction time for humans to a visual stimulus is 250ms or one-quarter of a second.
The power of 5G will reshape the way we think and operate, enabling connected cars, smart cities and factories and enhanced healthcare, among other things.
The possibilities are vast: the only limits are the edges of our collective imagination.
But for us at Sappi, the real value lies in greater levels of inclusivity, the more seamless linking of people and the implications this has for the way we reach out to, talk to and care about each other. It will enable individualised communication and create one-to-one relationships with all our stakeholders.
That is profoundly important in a world of ever-accelerating changes, where just being able to stand still, take time out and instantly share a rapport with someone can transform lives.