5G – Do we need it?

Controversial start to a thread, I know right?

I’d guess most people would have their ears perk up with the news of 5G and better or faster data speeds but have we really a proposal here?

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of those who like tech advancements and if someone can give me better download speeds and mobile coverage then I’m all for it.

My issue is that still large swaths of the World and regions of countries are lucky if they have dial-up never mind an actual 3G signal. We are lucky to have certain zones which have 4G coverage now which for me is actually more than enough.

I’d rather they spent their time making sure every nook and cranny of the Earth is covered by a reliable 4G network over 5G any day of the week.

That said, lets take a look at the proposal stats.

5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks. When your not connected to a WiFi or physical broadband point then mobile networks come into play, mainly for mobile phones and tablets but they can be tethered through onto laptops as well.

It is apparently arriving to the UK in late 2019 early 2020 with some countries like the US, China, Japan and South Korea claiming it will be available before then.

So how does it stack up?

3G downloads at around 380k per second taking a typical HD movie more than a day to download.

4G downloads at around 100meg per second taking roughly 8-10 minutes to download a movie.

5G they are saying will be around 1 to 10 gig which would make a full HD movie download in as little as 5-50 seconds.

Seriously impressive stats to be fair.

However, despite my feelings on the subject, I feel 5G will be vitally important and crucial to the role in how we adopt other technologies rather than just movie downloads onto mobiles. Driver-less taxi’s, delivery trucks and cars, will all need this low latency high download capability. New developments in these areas will need super fast services to underpin them.

I have a feeling it’s going to be expensive though and I can’t see it having great coverage at least in the early years of roll-out. Like I said at the start, they need to complete the 4G revolution first before this comes to pass.

What do you think? Will it deliver the hype surrounding it?

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