5G Is Coming: So What Does This Mean for Music (If Anything)?

5G was the recent subject at CES 2019, with quite a few corporations sharing their formidable plans.

This is extra than simply an enhancement for cell telephony.

5G has the potential to make loading web sites, streaming music, and downloading as much as 10 instances sooner than 4G.  The United States isn’t anticipated to see the primary 5G-compatible networks till 2020, however that hasn’t stopped telcos from overtly bragging.

Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T all have plans to launch 5G-compatible smartphones this 12 months. Even smartphone producers like Samsung and Qualcomm mentioned 5G improvements on the horizon. But for now, it’s unclear simply how a lot the protocol improve will influence music-specific properties.

One fast chance is that higher-fidelity streams may be consumed extra readily, and manufacturing collaboration might be catapulted.  Another impacts the reside expertise: with a 5G connection, corporations like BASE Hologram, which has produced hologram reveals that includes Amy Winehouse, Roy Orbison, and Maria Callas, may improve these experiences and convey them to broader audiences.

The introduction of 5G may additionally influence VR/AR concert events, with immersive experiences immediately extra lifelike and realtime.  But even with out VR, efficiency collaborations in realtime may develop into strikingly like the actual factor.  Here’s one 5G-distributed music concert experiment involving performers from separate places.

But inside music and past it, attendees at CES obtained the sense that we’re simply scratching the floor.  Here’s a fast peek at all the things 5G revealed at CES.


Verizon devoted a portion of its CES occasion to detailing how 5G will have an effect on switch information speeds. It additionally showcased augmented actuality and the way it might be utilized in each sensible and gaming functions.

Verizon expanded its fastened wi-fi 5G expertise to a number of US cities final 12 months. The firm additionally launched a 5G Home router to transform a 5G sign into WiFi to be used in buyer’s properties. This model of 5G can't be used with cell gadgets till the primary 5G-compatible telephones are launched later this 12 months.


Samsung CEO HS Kim believes that 5G expertise will permit improvements in synthetic intelligence and the Internet of Things. Think of it as extra gadgets in your house able to interacting with each other to type an ecosystem of gadgets.

Samsung showcased a 5G-connected automobile this 12 months that might permit the motive force to manage a number of features with simply their voice.

Samsung showcased its first prototype 5G smartphone beneath protecting glass. The gadget is predicted to launch within the coming months. We’ll in all probability hear extra in regards to the present on the mobile-focused Mobile World Congress in Barcelona subsequent month.


Perhaps most essential was Qualcomm’s presentation on what a 5G connection may do for each smartphones and VR headsets.

The chipmaker demonstrated a VR headset enjoying a video streamed over 5G with completely no latency. This kind of connection may imply that digital performances like concert events and reside reveals might be streamed to the lots reside.

While loads of this 12 months’s CES present was devoted to showcasing the potential of 5G, little or no precise was proven off.

For now, the potential of the community stays simply that, till extra 5G-capable gadgets are launched in the marketplace.