Bridging the Digital Divide with 5G Access

By: Walter Cannon, VP, Business Development, ZenFi Networks

Today, innovation is constant. Across every industry, groundbreaking advancements bring about real-world change every day. And the digital industry plays a big part. Each decade brings a new era of technology, and with it, a new way of doing things.

This opportunity, however, is not the same for everyone or every business everywhere. The reality is that some areas fall behind. We see this happening before our eyes when it comes to Internet speed and connectivity. Some regions have begun to establish infrastructure that prevents a person from ever losing an Internet connection. Others face a different scenario, where communities may have access to the newest devices but find themselves in an area without the connectivity to support them.

This is what we call the digital divide—and bridging the divide is necessary to keep up with the demand for everything digital, everywhere. Bringing communities together to cohesively solve these problems also spawns innovation. As more devices become 5G-enabled, 5G infrastructure is even more essential to the future of our digital world. Without building the infrastructure needed to support 5G, technology will be unable to evolve in the way to make promises into reality. This article examines the journey from 4G to 5G and illustrates the type of innovation that makes bridging the digital divide possible.

The 4G evolution


As we embrace the 5G era, understanding our journey to 4G is crucial to navigate forward. The 4G revolution created jobs for millions, spearheaded vast economic growth, and gave birth to new industries. Wireless speeds skyrocketed, while the cost to access them dropped, and consumers have become completely reliant on 4G network capabilities—for good reason.

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