5G is the name of the next-generation wireless technology that promises far faster internet access than 4G. Experts predict it will begin to take off in 2019, enhancing communications among IoT devices.
Aiquna is a 5G-connected unmanned convenience store in Shanghai that's been in trial operation for a month, Chinese state media reported. It’s similar to unmanned stores like Amazon Go, Alibaba’s Hema Supermarket and BingoBox. Aiquna stocks food and daily necessities for which payment is automatically deducted from customers’ accounts after they scan the products.
This is where the 5G comes in: The fast connection is supposed to make the shopping experience smoother. Buyers reportedly receive their receipts on their phones within seconds of leaving the store.
Analysts expect retail to be one of the major areas to benefit from 5G connectivity. Hong Kong got its first 5G convenience store in August.