- Using a 3D hologram rather than travelling so that you can be "in the room" with work colleagues and loved ones,
- Voice Activated Concierge Service that you allow to read your messages, control your diary etc so that you might manage the information overflow of your daily life,
- Avatar based news feed that allows you to be updated about what you need/want to know when you want without having to flip across a number of services,
- Autonomous Cars that self report faults and arrange service appointments based on usage and your needs to "drive",
- Smart Homes that are capable of turning on lights, heating, running a bath, washing machines, cookers and remote access for deliveries whilst also security features using video based on real time location information from your phone and traffic flows so that you get home and find that the house is how you want it,
- Augmented Reality that uses the camera in your phone to overlay information for you so that you can move around a new space as if you were a local.
Today we have very few Labs within Telecoms Networks and they are not focused on Innovation as they once were. Perhaps 5G might deliver some of what we thought possible with 3G. Perhaps some of what was predicted failed because demand could not be stimulated significantly to create the market. Perhaps the Executives who started to run Mobile Networks once 3G launched had to manage the debt in such a way that they gave away Customer Relationships to the likes of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google without getting anything in return. If 5G is to change anything it needs to change the way that infrastructure is paid for and valued.