While the entire world is still waiting for 5G deployment and the first 5G smartphones, a Chinese surgeon has already completed the world’s first remote surgery via 5G.
The premiere happened on January 8th according to South China Morning Post, when a surgeon remote manipulated via 5G two robotic arms from 30 miles away, in an operating theatre in the Fujian province, to remove a lab animal’s liver.
All this was possible because 5G has a lag time of only 0.1 seconds and can be up to 10 times faster than current networks, which allows for high precision even at greater distances.
As Dr Michael Kranzfelder from Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich predicted at a 2018 conference, 5G is a “trend-setting technology which will play an important role in surgery” and can “open up many new areas of application for which the previous mobile data transmission standard was simply not fast enough”.
Even though 2019 will see a lot of devices bearing the 5G mark, widespread adoption is still a bit slow, especially since smartphones will be a lot more expensive in the beginning. Pete Lau,