There is a lot of talk about 5G and how it will affect the rollout of faster broadband around the country. The latest government budget pledged a substantial figure for levelling up rural areas and providing them with greater access to the internet. Public funding would go into adding 4G to many more places and ensuring there are fewer black spots of poor internet connection. Indeed, many industries rely exclusively on the internet and making it more accessible to places outside major cities would be welcome. Which industries could we expect to benefit from increased internet coverage?
The gaming industry is one of the most obvious examples. Not only do some games run on the internet, many need a strong connection for multiplayer games or for connecting to wider networks. For the best gaming experience, a 5 Mbps upload speed and a 50 Mbps download speed are optimal. Quick, level-based mobile games may require less broadband than complex games like RPGs that involve a lot of people on one server at one time.
In the iGaming sector, players are now expecting to interact with other users. With live dealer games, players can see real croupiers dealing cards or spinning the roulette wheel in real time. For such tension-filled games as live poker and multiplayer games, latency or lag can ruin the gaming experience.
The manufacturing industry is also expected to gain from better internet connection. The higher bandwidth and lower latency that better internet promises means that production processes can be streamlined and improved. Production-line factories such as car manufacturers could automate more aspects of the process, leaving humans to act as quality control. As for machinery that sort fruits and vegetables or recycling, for instance, it could work to eliminate as much waste as possible with better ability to sift usable and unusable items.
Factory bosses can ensure that they are using automation as much as possible, leaving human workers to focus on other areas of the business. The Internet of Things (IoT), which connects data from a range of sources, will run better on a faster internet connection. Relying on this data sharing means that we can have more robots running factories in industries such as retail, energy, and telecommunications.
The healthcare industry is already leveraging new technologies in order to improve how people are diagnosed, treated, and how information is spread. The internet means that health data can be analysed in real time through a wider use of wearable technology, which can track patients’ vitals and allow for closer monitoring. For instance, heart rates can be monitored throughout the day, while sleep clinics can collect data on patients suffering from sleep apnoea. Data can be shared and analysed to provide better care plans for illnesses that affect people differently, such as cancer or diabetes.
A lot of how our lives are lived now would have been impossible without the developments of the internet – from how we wake up in the morning to how we plan our routes to work and spend our time commuting. As the nationwide improvement of connectivity continues, more industries will be able to use the internet to make our lives easier.