Whether it’s 3G, 4G, 5G or noG how does any average consumer separate the hype from the reality? Most probably cannot from what I observe with the older ones in our family. That a new phone and service was sold with the latest xG labeling means little if you don’t live close by a tower that must also support the higher speeds. It’s only feel good marketing.
Having had (thanks to my work) access to the two big mobile networks across a variety of regional and inner city environments I don’t expect anything to improve with 5G. I expect 5G will replicate my experience with 4G. That is if you are using a mobile data device or quality mobile in a high density urban area, 4G was less congested and could be fast. Yes you needed to be sitting near the window and hopefully see the tower.
The greatest benefit was likely not to the end user but the telco. Tell-Optus through 4G were able to use the added bandwidth to serve more customers, and reserve 3G for those customers on the same tower that were further away than 4G. It is all about tower capacity. 5G will simply add more capacity to those towers, serving those in range and taking load off some of the 4G.
Home WiFi networks operating in the 5Gig band already achieve connections at the speeds touted for 5G services. The ability of our devices to cope with these speeds is not at risk. The backhaul issue, at least for rural or regional areas where most of the non fibre connected towers are located may not come to be. We will still have 3G on the lower frequency bands to achieve the coverage. The cost of adding 5G cells to serve the two houses near a tower will never be justified.
It’s just marketing hype to me too.