CES 2021: 5G starts revealing its potential

At CES in 2019, Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg gave the opening keynote address about the upcoming advantages of 5G.

Speed. Latency. Capacity. It was on the horizon, but still largely an unknown that consumers could only imagine – unfortunately for some in rather dark and strange ways.

Two years later, Vestberg was the opening keynote speaker at the all-digital CES. He was there to talk about the adoption and possibilities of 5G, with 2020 being the year that networks were starting to provide 5G connectivity in appreciable ways and more devices were becoming available to take advantage of it.

In many ways, 2020 was a strange year for the wider deployment of 5G because people weren’t particularly mobile. We were largely home, using Wi-Fi that is readily available if often frustrating in its performance. A lot of smartphones have come out with 5G capability, but available speeds on the national platforms are uneven. Your smartphone that can handle the faster speeds of 5G might not be delivering on that promise yet.

Be patient, it’s coming, was the message the Vestberg and other speakers at CES delivered. The city centers, large offices, stadiums, museums, and performance venues where all this connectivity could enable immersive experiences are sitting empty right now. But when we can get back together, 5G is poised to revolutionize how we live.

Hans Vestberg
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg at CES 2021.

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