Over the last few years, we have seen numerous telecom companies trying to one-up each other with ridiculous 5G technology claims without any idea what 5G means. It hasn’t officially even been defined yet. (Yes, the ITU has pegged a 5G definition as 20 Gbps. Let’s wait until October to see if that number sticks when it is voted on. See below for more)

But that hasn’t stopped some companies from marketing their broadband packages as “5G” ready even though speeds in their packages barely reach what is defined today as 4G. Other companies don’t want to say that they run on a “5G” network so instead claim to have “4.5G” ready network which according to them is technology that is between “LTE Advanced deployments … and 5G.” So, essentially any upgrade from today.

Now, Nokia and 13 other telecom industry players are coming together to develop “a 5G mobile network architecture.”

Dr. Werner Mohr, chairman of the 5G PPP Association, said the consortium “aims to ensure economic sustainability of the network operation and open opportunities for new players, while leveraging a future-proof architecture in a cost- and energy-effective way.” – FierceWireless

The cost effective statement should concern customers since it was not even five years ago that the ITU originally wanted 4G to be defined as 100 Mbps.


What happened when the telecom industry realized they could barely provide 1/10th those speeds? T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint (among others) simply decided to call their networks “4G” ready anyway. The telecom operators got the definition of 4G to be so dumbed down that anyone in the wireless industry could advertise their networks as 4G ready.

Expect the same to happen with 5G technology going forward.