Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
And work to develop a 'self-healing' mobile network could even mean signal blackspots in rural areas are consigned to history as part of the SELFNET project, which is underpinning the development of the new 5G mobile network.
Led by researchers Dr Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Dr Qi Wang at UWS, the SELFNET project promises to deliver dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security --unlocking a wealth of new possibilities.
Dr Alcaraz-Calero said: "Put simply, SELFNET will allow SG networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.
"Unprecedented reliability and stability will transform the way we think about mobile networks. For example, the 'self-healing' part of the network will ensure stable connectivity even when on the move--making driverless cars a realistic mainstream possibility.
"Improved bandwidth and reliability means digital-health, including mobile surgery, becomes viable, potentially dramatically improving the delivery of healthcare to remote areas."
Dr Wang added: "Of course, the improvement to ordinary phone users would also be vastly improved. HD video streaming and conferencing would become a much more enjoyable experience, even when travelling, through self-optimisation."
The 'self-healing' aspect of the project will mean being unable to make phone calls...