Intelligent connectivity enables transformational new capabilities in transport, entertainment, industry and much more. In order for technical systems to match human actions digitally with connected environments, however, they must meet the speed of our natural reaction times. The network used must be ultra-reliable, as many critical tasks will be executed remotely, and must also rely on cost-effective edge infrastructure to enable scaling.
5G is therefore necessary for such services to work optimally. Intelligence can then be enabled close to the user experience through mobile edge computing; at the application level IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, telepresence, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will all also play a part.