Not enough fiber to grow the internet for 5G, says consultant

Treatment will be brought to the patients and patient data will be centralized, “turning hospitals into data centers,” a telco equipment maker says in a recent report.

Ericsson, in its 2017 Mobility report (PDF), published this month, says patient treatment will, in the future, no longer be performed in hospitals located far from patients’ homes, but performed remotely through new 5G wireless radio.

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Wearables will be among the tools used for keeping an eye on folks’ health and dishing out medication. Diagnosis will be accomplished through online consultations, and robots will remotely execute surgeries at nearby healthcare clinics rather than far-off hospitals.

Ericsson is a mobile technology company actively involved in 5G wireless development, which it’s pitching at Internet of Things (IoT) uses. It says IoT devices in general will increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 21 percent between 2016 and 2022 and that there will be 1.5 billion cellular IoT devices by 2022. That’s partly because of 5G.

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