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5G and 6G

The fifth-generation (5G) mobile network technology provides more bandwidth and faster transfer of data. Compared to previous generations, 5G comes with significant improvements in speed, latency, and bandwidth, enabling the real-time remote control of automated processes and the greater optimisation of network traffic.

5G is anticipated to unlock the full potential of IoT and AI technologies, which makes it a hot topic today. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plays an especially crucial role in managing radio spectrum and standardising 5G networks, including compatible devices and necessary services; the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) launched the 5G Media Action Group (5G-MAG) to explore a market-driven implementation of 5G technologies in content creation, production, distribution, and consumption; and the World Economic Forum (WEF) invites industry experts to discuss the ripple effects of 5G networks across the business sector.