Happy New Year from the team at FunctionEight. As we look at the year ahead, one technology trend coming to HK stands out.

2020 is the year that Hong Kong is due to get an important telecommunications infrastructure revamp with immense potential.

With download speeds 10 to 20 times faster than its predecessor, 4G, the new network will benefit services like video calling, AR and mobile gaming.

The peak 5G download speed of 5G is 20GB/second – meaning that a two-hour HD film should take a mere 10 seconds or less to download compared to about three minutes typically required on the current 4G.

With the introduction of 5G, businesses at last have the potential to access constant reliable internet connection without WiFi.

The implications are manifold, yet this new capability should empower the remote working trend, improving the quality of conference calls and speed of access to documents.

Perhaps the greatest benefits will be those that we can’t anticipate. According to a report from PSB Research, 91% of people surveyed expect new products and services that have yet to be invented.