How 5G will power smart cities of the future

5G technology is expected to be 100 times faster than the existing 4G networks in Canada, with a much lower latency rate, or lag, when sending and receiving data in real-time. It will also be able to handle a much larger number of connected devices than current networks, enabling them to speak to one another. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, the potential of smart cities and the Internet of Things will be unleashed.

Autonomous vehicles are one of the primary examples of the anticipated advances that will come from 5G, Mr. Ghiz says. The current 4G technology simply isn’t fast enough.

A 2019 report commissioned by the CWTA from consulting firm Accenture, titled Accelerating 5G in Canada: Benefits for Cities and Rural Communities, says industry and governments will be the first to benefit.