Is K–12 Education Ready for 5G?

Increasing data speeds and responsiveness times by nearly 1,000 percent, a fully functioning 5G network could be a game-changer in the way universities use, manage and set up everything from IoT devices to data-heavy applications like augmented and virtual reality. Ted Rappaport, professor and NYU Wireless founding director, led a team of researchers to prove that 5G signals would work in an urban school environment. In addition to urban schools, Rappaport says that rural areas could also benefit from 5G capabilities.“We have hints of what we’ll see,” says Rappaport. “Virtual meetings, 3D imaging, AR, VR. It could give us the ability to interact in a tactile way with remote objects with virtually no latency, even across great distances....”

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