While 5G is mostly touted as a new and faster mobile internet service, the reality is that it can be used for so much more. In fact, it appears that both Walmart and Verizon are apparently in talks about turning Walmart’s stores (or at least some of them) into 5G hubs. This means that in the future, users will be able to take advantage of the 5G connectivity in Walmart’s stores for other services.
This includes digital health initiatives, such as being able to video chat live with a doctor, share real-time medical data, and maybe even automatically register yourself at the clinic so that you can cut down on waiting time and what not. For users who do not have 5G, having access to a 5G hub in the store would also allow them to enjoy faster internet without having to buy a brand new 5G compatible smartphone.
That being said, it should be noted that none of this is confirmed yet as both companies are said to still be in talks. However, there are clear advantages to this partnership, where the faster internet speeds and connectivity would help drive customers to Walmart’s stores over the competition, while Verizon will have a place to advertise its services and allow customers to experience it first hand.