A Technology Bigger Than the First Computer?
Isn't it amazing how quickly technology changes these days?
Just take one look at this old DynaTAC from 1984 and you'll know what I'm talking about:
Weighing in at two pounds, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X would have cost you close to $4,000. For that price, you'd get around 30 minutes of battery life. Now compare the DynaTAC to the smartphone in your pocket. That smartphone can charge in under an hour and can be purchased for a fraction of the cost!
My point is that technology is constantly changing, sometimes so quickly that we don't even realize it's happening.
And if you're a serious investor, this is a major issue. If you're not paying attention to disruptive technologies, you're going to miss out on the best investing opportunities.
This is something I've learned over the course of my career. It's also something backed by history.
Just take a look.
Early investors in IBM before the computer boom would have raked in over 1,000%. Early investors in Amazon before e-commerce became mainstream could have made over 900%.
That said, if you missed out on those two major disruptions, you aren't out of luck.
Another huge technological disruption is currently underway. This disruption is taking place right under your nose, and I mean that literally if you're reading this article on a smartphone.
I'm talking about 5G.
The Coming 5G Revolution
Put simply, 5G will be a technological disruption unlike anything on the market.
5G will likely change the way we work, communicate, and live. Outside of artificial intelligence, 5G is the most defining innovation of our lifetimes.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that many have compared our current transition to 5G to our transition from the typewriter to the computer or the horse-drawn carriage to the car.
5G is really going to shake things up.
All that said, the 5G revolution doesn't come without a hefty price tag — an anticipated $200 billion in maintenance costs a year, in fact.
But it doesn't have to be that way. A handful of innovative companies are changing the way we approach 5G infrastructure, reducing the cost and potentially knocking the big companies already in the market out of the park.
And if you invest in these companies before the 5G boom, you're poised to make a pretty penny.
We're going to get more into that in a minute. But first we need to talk about why 5G is important.
After all, you may not feel like you need a more advanced network. Maybe you like the way your phone works now.
But the truth is, 5G isn't just about your personal smartphone. This technology is needed to improve dozens of emerging industries, from self-driving cars to the Internet of Things (IoT).
That makes it absolutely essential for the future. And for you to understand this, you need to know why our current 4G system won't work forever.
Why We Need 5G: 4G Isn't Going to Cut It
The “G” in "5G" means it’s a generation of wireless technology, making 5G the fifth evolution.
5G is very different from all of the previous generations of wireless technology because it will be able to support ALL of the devices we need. This is something the current generation, 4G, has struggled with.
While 4G is getting better, it has fallen short in many areas, specifically latency.
What is latency? I'm glad you asked.
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Latency refers to the kinds of delays that typically occur on a data network. Low-latency networks are good, since they experience small delay times. High-latency networks need work, since they suffer from long delays.
Our current 4G networks still have issues with latency. You've likely experienced them. Remember that lagging video or slow Instagram feed? You can blame high-latency networks.
When 5G is applied to this problem, it eliminates it.
5G is expected to have an ultra-low-latency range, which in turn would support more devices and allow for faster networks.
This makes 5G absolutely essential for many other emerging sectors, specifically the projected multibillion-dollar Internet of Things market.
5G and the Internet of Things
Perhaps no technology is as important to the Internet of Things as 5G. As I noted above, the implementation of 5G will allow more gadgets to stay connected and communicate quickly.
4G will simply not allow the Internet of Things to operate. There isn't enough bandwidth.
And that will be a big issue because the Internet of Things is coming, and it's coming fast.
By 2020 analysts predict there will be over 50 billion connected devices worldwide. And I'm not just talking about your coffee machine.
These connected devices include your car, your computer, and even your security system.
All of these connected devices are going to need an extremely low-latency network to operate. That is why 5G is more than just an improvement; it is an evolution, providing the speed and coverage that previous networks have lacked.
It is what we need to step forward into a more connected and efficient future.
That said, it comes as no surprise that the total 5G market is expected to surpass $1 trillion by 2026.
And you can participate in this boom by investing in the technology companies powering it.
That brings me back to the companies I mentioned at the start of this article.
My colleague Jason Stutman just released a presentation on the companies powering the 5G boom. You can access that presentation for FREE here.
We’ll be covering 5G extensively as more opportunities emerge, so keep an eye on your inbox.
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Alexandra Perry is a contributing analyst for Wealth Daily and Energy and Capital. She has multiple years of experience working with startup companies, primarily focusing on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, alternative energy, and biotech. Her take on investing is simple: a new age of investor can make monumental returns by investing in emerging industries and foundational startup ventures.
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