Access to 5G technology is rapidly growing across the globe, and this evolution of high-speed internet is already changing the way people utilise online services. The gaming world has predictably seized on the opportunity and embraced this innovation which has also brought about improvements in carrier capacity, to transform the face of the industry.
Is speed a need?
Live casinos and online New Zealand online casinos rely heavily on high-quality, consistent internet speed to ply their services and products. Slow, choppy internet can ruin your gaming experience, particularly with live casino which is meant to provide an immersive, real-time environment. Inconsistent internet can break the immersion and trigger feelings of distrust in players.
The global gaming industry is set to reach a value of $525 billion in 2021 with a projected 2.4 billion individuals expected to play online games. This means that 4G networks will be increasingly under pressure to handle rising bandwidth demands. 5G’s increased bandwidth seeks to eliminate bottlenecks and blockages caused by player bandwidth demand exceeding available capacity.
A strategic fit
The arrival of 5G aligns with the rapid growth of mobile gaming. High-quality wireless connectivity makes it possible to have an experience on your mobile device equal to that of accessing online casinos via more traditional means. Stable, fast internet over wide geographical areas is, therefore, necessary to ensure that the player on the go has a consistent and uninterrupted experience.
The quest for zero latency
Latency is a term that describes the time it takes to return a piece of data that has been requested, 4G has a latency rate of around 10mS. 5G wireless connectivity offers a much-reduced latency rate as low as 0.5mS. This translates to speedier and more engaging gaming experiences.
It’s hard to predict the exact impact 5G will have on the iGaming industry, but what is certain is that access to this new technology will allow for previously unseen levels of innovation and service provision. Which is great news for players, operators, developers and aggregators alike.