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North America I 2021

by Stefan

In a matter of 12 months, North American service providers have turned the globe upside down. Even though other countries may have had a head start on early 5G deployments, the first commercial 5G deployments at scale are happening in North America. All major service providers in the U.S. and Canada, are moving aggressively to launch 5G commercially.

5G has the potential to make loading websites, streaming music, and downloading up to 10 times faster than 4G.

Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T are in the process of launching 5G-compatible smartphones. Even smartphone manufacturers, like Samsung and Qualcomm, discussed 5G innovations on the horizon. But for now, it’s unclear just how much the protocol upgrade will impact music-specific properties.

One quick possibility is that higher-fidelity streams can be consumed more readily, and production collaboration could be catapulted. Another impacts the live experience: with a 5G connection, companies like BASE Hologram, which has produced hologram shows featuring Amy Winehouse, Roy Orbison, and Maria Callas, could upgrade these experiences and bring them to broader audiences.

The advent of 5G could also impact VR/AR concerts, with immersive experiences suddenly more realistic and real-time. But even without VR, performance collaborations in real-time could become strikingly like the real thing.

What are the implications for networks, including capacity?

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