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Phone Users Ready to Pay 20% Premium for 5G: Ericsson

The views of the participants are representative of almost one billion people, Ericsson said

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Smartphone users are willing to pay a 20 per cent premium for 5G services, while half of early adopters would pay as much as 32 per cent more, says an Ericsson study on Tuesday.

One in five smartphone users’ data usage could reach more than 200GB per month on a 5G device by 2025, said the Ericsson “ConsumerLab” report.

Average world smartphone data usage in 2018 stood at 5.6GB per month and is expected to increase to 21GB per month in 2024, an increase of roughly four times from today’s usage.

The research revealed that consumers expect 5G to provide relief from urban network congestion in the near term — especially in megacities, where six in 10 smartphone users report facing network issues in crowded areas.

The respondents also anticipate more home broadband choices to be available with the launch of 5G.

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Ericsson rolls out export of 5G-ready telecom equipment. Flickr

Smartphone users estimate that overall video viewing across mobile or portable screens while being out of home will increase by around three hours per week — from 6.5 to nine hours – in the next five years, of which one hour will be on Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) glasses by 2025, the report said.

“Consumers clearly state that they think smartphones are unlikely to be the sole solution for 5G,” Jasmeet Singh Sethi, Head of ConsumerLab, Ericsson Research, said in a statement.

Globally, 50 per cent of consumers believe that smartphones will still exist but that perhaps everyone will be wearing AR glasses by 2025.

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This latest Ericsson ConsumerLab study is based on 35,000 interviews with smartphone users aged 15 to 69, carried out in 22 countries including India.

The views of the participants are representative of almost one billion people, Ericsson said. (IANS)

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Smartphones Can Also Help Patients to Take Medicines on Time: Research

This study tested the impact of a smartphone application on medication compliance

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Researchers have found that a simple Smartphone apps can be a cost effective way of helping these patients take their medicines for the period prescribed. Pixabay

The smartphones are now frequently blamed for a lot of health problems, but it appears that the device may also have a positive impact on heart patients.

Researchers have found that a simple app can be a cost effective way of helping these patients take their medicines for the period prescribed, thereby reducing risk of premature death.

Following a heart attack, patients are prescribed medications to prevent another event.

However, one in four patients discontinue at least one drug in the first 30 days after discharge from hospital.

This leads to poor symptom control and an increased likelihood of rehospitalisation and premature death. There is currently no simple and cost-effective strategy to improve adherence.

The study presented at the 45th Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2019) held in Buenos Aires showed that heart patients using a smartphone app reminder are more likely to take their medication than those who receive written instructions.

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For those assigned to the Smartphone group, the prescribed medication schedule was uploaded to the digital application, and an alarm would ring each time a pill should be taken. Pixabay

“We hypothesised that the app would increase adherence by 30 per cent, but the impact was even greater,” said study author Cristian M. Garmendia, of the Cardiovascular Institute of Buenos Aires.

“Patients using the app were alerted to take their pills. They also had better knowledge about why they had been prescribed each medication and could check compliance with their doctor.”

This study tested the impact of a smartphone application on medication compliance. A total of 90 heart attack patients admitted to hospital were randomly allocated to the app or detailed written information (standard care).

Adherence to medical treatment was measured at 90 days using the Morisky Medical Adherence Scale (MMAS-8).

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The smartphones are now frequently blamed for a lot of health problems, but it appears that the device may also have a positive impact on heart patients. Pixabay

For those assigned to the smartphone group, the prescribed medication schedule was uploaded to the digital application, and an alarm would ring each time a pill should be taken.

After taking the pills, patients confirmed it in the application. Doctors could check daily adherence using a professional digital platform linked to the patient’s smartphone.

The average age of patients in the study was 63 years.

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At 90 days, significantly more patients in the digital application group were correctly taking their pills (65 per cent) compared to those who received standard care (21 per cent), said the study. (IANS)