5G Marketing Outpaces Service Reality


The low 5G usage numbers in the one-minute video will surprise.  Has the market mispriced them, either over or under? 

In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones. 5G networks are predicted to have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025, according to the GSM Association. Like its predecessors, 5G networks are cellular networks, in which the service area is divided into small geographical areas called cells. All 5G wireless devices in a cell are connected to the Internet and telephone network by radio waves through a local antenna in the cell.

The main advantage of the new networks is that they will have greater bandwidth, giving higher download speeds, eventually up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbit/s). Due to the increased bandwidth, it is expected the networks will increasingly be used as general internet service providers for laptops and desktop computers, competing with existing ISPs such as cable internet, and also will make possible new applications in internet-of-things (IoT) and machine-to-machine areas. 4G cellphones are not able to use the new networks, which require 5G-enabled wireless devices. – Wikipedia

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2 Responses to 5G Marketing Outpaces Service Reality

  1. Anonymous says:

    Where we live in a rural area and down in a river valley, we can barely get 4LTE, which is AT&Ts cell signals on their way to becoming 5G….supposedly. The 5G cell signals don’t go as far. The bandwidth is greater but the signal range is far shorter. So, unless you’re on fiber as I understand it, they are going to have to put up a lot of “mini-cell towers” a lot closer together to cover the range. And that applies to most of rural areas. So 5G is totally cool for cities. Not so much for rural. And its going to take a whole heck of a lot of Infrastructure improvement to get it there. Either way, CCI should be about to take off like an Elon Musk Rocket Ship….what ever happened to his satellite system that he was building that was going to replace all satellite dishes? 5G? I think the pandemic kinda slowed thins down a bit there.

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