What do we have to talk about when discussing the future of communications? There are a number of buzzwords, concepts and marketing phrases that are bandied around in our ever-changing modern world. Take your pick of the most commonly used or misused buzzwords in a Google search and you will come up with hundreds of pages where the words ‘5G & enhanced connectivity’ are bandied about. If you were to do a similar search using just the buzzwords ‘5G & QoS’ you would get perhaps fewer hits. In this article we will be looking at the meaning of these two buzzwords and how they relate to the discussion of phones and their future. It’s important to highlight that the term 5G & QoS simply describe two technologies that are part of the next generation of mobile telephony – namely the Universal Service Pack (USP) and the Quality Of Service (QoS).
According to Wikipedia: “QoS stands for “Quality of Service.” In its most basic form, it means that the signal strength and consistency of an individual signal is of high importance to a network. Because of this prioritization of service, QoS is sometimes used to refer to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) or mobile applications. As mentioned, a recent FCC proposal sought to add a priority to VoIP calls by changing the definition of what counts as a voice call from a residential customer to an Internet user. One of the many proposals to change the definition of voice calling from residential customers to Internet users was called 5G & Enhanced Connectivity.”
So what exactly is QoS, then? According to Wikipedia: “QoS is a branch of information technology theory which is concerned with quality of service (QoS), management of information flow, and interactive communication. The goal of QoS is to establish a relationship between the information system and its users. QoS is used to describe a methodology for organizing services and communications so that messages are transmitted and received in a way that makes sense to the users and makes them easy to use. Some of the primary goals of QoS are to minimize errors in transmission and to provide a safe environment for both the transmitter and the receiver of the message.”
This concept sounds really complicated – so let’s simplify it. In a nutshell, QoS works by having voice-as-user interface devices (such as phones and smart phones) work in a manner that ensures that they are as easy to use as possible. For example, if a voice-as-user device receives a call, it will ask the person on the other end what they want to say. If the person fails to speak up right away, the device will redirect the call to a voice-as-user interface agent who will speak to the caller until the call is handled. This simple analogy could be used to explain how advanced VoIP applications can help consumers who use smartphones and mobile applications more easily.
It was only after the iPhone and its integration with a voice-as-user interface platform ( Siri) that another breakthrough innovation came about: the integration of Apple’s Weather Channel. As a result, many people now have access to live weather conditions straight from their smartphones. This is perhaps one of the biggest advances in smartphone technology and one that will continue to impact consumers as new applications are developed. Another example of a vui tech that was introduced to the consumer market was the integration of Nike’s FuelBand technology with Accuweather.
When discussing the potential of advanced smartphone technologies, one of the most intriguing aspects of this discussion is the idea of 5G & Enhanced Connectivity. What exactly does this mean? In a very broad sense, we can think of 5G as the next evolution in mobile communication. What is important to note is that this doesn’t refer to the traditional mobile phone networks that exist today. Instead, we are talking about the integration of ultra fast wireless broadband technologies with advanced telecommunications devices such as smartphones and tablets.
For those who aren’t aware of what 5G & Enhanced Connectivity is, let us explain it in a simple way. Basically, this refers to the use of cloud based services to deliver highly efficient mobile services to end users. We are already seeing a great deal of this taking place in the corporate environment, but more importantly it is ushering in new technologies such as real time business intelligence, artificial intelligent devices and the future of internet addiction.
In the not too distant future, we will be witnessing many more groundbreaking innovations in the field of cloud applications. One of the biggest challenges that corporations face today is how to manage and monitor data and information that is stored in their own internal servers or in cloud service providers. 5G & Enhanced Connectivity will help solve this problem by making it possible for organizations to tap into cloud based services directly from their smartphones. The adoption of this new technology has the potential to catapult corporate IT departments into the 21st century by providing them with the tools, resources and the knowledge they need in order to exploit the hidden opportunities afforded by distributed cloud technologies.