It\u2019s hard to get through a day without hearing talk about the rise of 5G telecommunication networks and the impact they will have on life as we know it. Everybody understands that 5G will bring significant changes, although many people might not grasp what those changes will be.\n\u201cWhy do I need 5G?\u201d Although not part of every person\u2019s vernacular, this question on the need for 5G networks can be asked by quite a number of people, professions and industries. Consumers of today\u2019s cellular offerings often don\u2019t consider what it takes to use the features they seemingly take for granted \u2014 snapping photos and sending them to friends, watching and listening to live-streaming entertainment events, or even being frustrated with poor service or access to a favorite app or content. You could say that all of these cellular-enabled features are all part of a consumer service \u2014 one that is both ubiquitous and seamless.\nNow, take all of the people accessing the consumer service and multiply that number by 1,000 times to include new applications, devices, automated functions and a variety of network-connected capabilities, from medicine to entertainment, over the next five years. In other words, we\u2019re talking about a flood of new 5G-enabled services and consumption of those services.\nAt this point you begin to see that issues related to service access and poor service quality are not just about the frustrations of certain users and groups. They are issues that can have serious consequences \u2014 or even life-or-death consequences in the case of healthcare applications, first-responder systems, autonomous vehicles and more. In use cases like these, as well as everyday applications, access to high-bandwidth, low-latency-enabled 5G services will be as essential as electric power and running water.\n5G networks must fundamentally provide a great experience, but the key to success is really about providing high-quality services that corporations, professionals and, yes, consumers, can rely on and appreciate. This appreciation then turns into a groundswell of new business opportunities that inherently make themselves worth the extra infrastructure costs and that help users of 5G networks grow their own businesses and improve their own experiences.\nFor example, a real estate company that owns office, industrial and residential buildings might use 5G (on-premises private) networks as a competitive differentiator, offering enhanced user experiences and communication services within a building. The same for a security firm that analyzes video streams in real time to identify security threats before they impact people and businesses. The same also for a healthcare application that continually monitors patients for symptoms that could be indicative of a serious or dangerous trend, and that requires additional diagnoses. This information must be accessed in real-time and requires significant bandwidth. This list of examples of 5G use cases could go on and on.\nIn this new world, the 5G experiential evolution goes from an unnoticed, ubiquitous and invisible network infrastructure to a highly sought-after capability that is very noticeable when it is not available.\nSo, \u201cWhy do I need 5G?\u201d turns into: \u201cI need 5G because it really makes a difference.\u201d\nTo learn more\nIn the next blog in this series, I will highlight use cases for 5G networks in industrial, healthcare and retail applications. In the meantime, to explore 5G applications in various industries, visit Dell Technologies 5G Perspective and 5G Powered by Intel\nAdam Mendoza is a Field Sales Engineer for Intel, focusing on communication service provider and networking.