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8 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2018 The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, proved to be a successful real-life demo of the performance, reliability, and use cases of 5G. Intel, in collaboration with South Korean telecoms provider KT Corp., delivered a broad-scale 5G network to the Olympic Games that provided spectators the opportunity to immerse themselves in the event through live 360-degree video streaming, virtual reality, and augmented reality (VR/AR). The company also set up multiple ultra-high definition cameras, connected via 5G, to show athletes' views from various angles as they performed incred- ible stunts and performances. The event also served as a real-life testbed as to how different devices interoperate with the new technology. Following this successful demonstration of 5G, Japan, meanwhile, is also planning to showcase 5G innovations throughout the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. According to Persistence Market Research, this will add to the forecast growth of the 5G market, on top of the enhanced internet coverage, increased adoption of mobile broadband, and growing machine-to-machine communications. "It's a new network architecture, an exten- sion of 4G technology," says Jacky Yeung, regional operation head of China for EMS firm Integrated Micro- Electronics Inc., in a recent interview. "5G is much faster than 4G or 3G. It also can apply to wider appli- cation areas apart from mobile communications, such as AR/VR applications, industrial auto- mation, smart homes, autonomous vehicles, and intelligent logistics. This new technology certainly will bring new opportunity, promote Editor's Note by Stephen Las Marias, I-CONNECT007 5G: Testing the Future Impact Jacky Yeung

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