What is the impact of 5G so far?

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CIO, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
We're on the early end of the curve with 5G and we haven't really seen the impact. You hear a lot about what's envisioned, but there's not enough deployment yet to feel the impact of how that additional bandwidth and low latency has the potential to change what's possible. I felt it the most when I was going to T-Mobile two years ago; before the pandemic, they had this demo center in Seattle where they would show you virtual reality retail applications. But I haven't experienced that elsewhere yet.
CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
When I hear about things like blockchain, AI and 5G all coming together, on one hand there's a big privacy issue. But on the other hand, a lot of it is fluff and nonsense proving we're not there yet. There are people who have rolled out 5G and because of the lack of latency or the desire for immediate insight, it is impacting situations where whole factories could be losing their staff.
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CIO, 5,001 - 10,000 employees

That's going to happen in retail too. And where it's not 5G, it's wifi. We sell a lot of wifi that's attached to an AI engine.

CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed

I think it already has happened in retail.

VP of IT in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
For our business, there's no real clear impact. Perhaps this is one of those things where the impact will be very gradual and it won't be clear on it's full impact until many more years out from now.
CTO in Software, 11 - 50 employees
The coverage is still quite small and devices are not actually prepared. Some places like Singapore are fully covered with 5G, which would be good for example for Industry 4.0, but the time it takes to modernize the fleet is quite long.
Chief Technology Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
In Australia we are seeing 5G being used to enable and unlock the potential of IoT with a reliable low-latency network. There is 5G that provides great speed for consumers, but there is also 5G that offers low-latency for devices.

In particular, experiments have already been successful in having human operators pilot heavy mining equipment from across the country - safe in a control room while the equipment is doing the dangerous work.
Director, Information Technology in Transportation, 201 - 500 employees
We're testing a 5G cellular connection as the primary ISP for a new location.  So far the 5G service has only delivered up/down speeds of approximately 50 Mbps; however, we haven't tried attaching an external antenna to the mobile router.  If the solution can reliably deliver speeds approaching 100 Mbps it would be a huge cost savings compared to a copper or fiber circuit with no long term commitment.
Senior Director Of Engineering in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
We haven't seen much impact yet from 5G.  It's faster where available but Wifi is still preferred, especially with everyone working remote.  Our business doesn't have a specific use for 5G at this time in our offerings.
VP IT (CIO role) in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I have not seen real impact for our business yet although I expect we will see some positive impact to our Ifield based monitors when there is broader coverage established.
Chief Technology Advisor in Education, 10,001+ employees
A lot of discussions, but for campuses to leverage there has to be a lot of infrastructure installed to take advantage of the capabilities.  So far, the impact is minimal.  Talks of leveraging the low latency and throughput capabilities through private 5G, but the cost to enable is high - Managed Service seems to be taking shape...
Chair and Professor, Startup CTO in Education, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
5G hasn't really happened yet. Even though we have 5G phones, most places do not have 5G towers. Hence, the impact of 5G on businesses and private life hasn't really arrived yet. If 5G is as good as we anticipated, then it will have a huge impact on businesses and private life. For example, we no longer have to rely on wifi for online teaching. We can watch a movie that is buffered to the phone in a few seconds. We can conduct businesses via 5G instead of cables and wifi. 

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