Germany, UK to work together on speedy 5G wireless rollout

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Mar 10, 2014
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  1. UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have announced a joint partnership to help create the next major wireless spectrum. Predictably, it's called 5G and it is ridiculously fast compared to the 4G connections that most of...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,873   +1,291

    And once again the wireless industry is shown to be a giant scam. We have more than enough spectrum to get everyone in the country on unlimited 3G but instead they'll just keep upping the speeds so you can hit that data cap faster. While its very likely that the speeds their blabbing about are a complete fantasy, even if they *were* obtainable there's no legitimate need for it on a mobile device. What's needed is available-everywhere wireless 3G with NO DATA CAPS.
  3. thelatestmodel

    thelatestmodel TS Booster Posts: 117   +44

    "Others, however, like South Korea, will get a head start with deployment beginning in 2017 and Britain in 2019."

    ... so we can look to Canada and the US catching up in 2025.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Until the price, speed and reliability are good enough that I can cut off my home broadband and use my phone as a hotspot it's all just noise. 4G is supposed to be 100Mbps and it's not even close. 5G will also likely be a marketing stunt.

    Just for the sake of arguing, let's say we can get something like 200 Mbps with a nice datacap like 20GB. So what? Streaming radio isn't going to use data any faster, netflix isn't going to use data any faster. Webpages already load right away. We're going to run into the same thing keeping 4K television down... people just won't notice or need the improvement.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    "the 4G connections that most of us are used to today"
    That's a generalization if I ever heard one. 4G is very thin on the ground and expensive in most of the known universe. Personally I couldn't be bothered with it.
  6. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    Not to mention that if you have any issues with your connection the first thing your providers tier 1 support says is set your phone to 3G only....
  7. But what is more worse for our health: 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G?

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