As this site has discussed on many different occasions, the race to see who can offer and/or define 5G technology is already delving into the absurd. Last year, the vice president of the European Commission publicly admitted that he had “no idea” what 5G technology was but still saw 5G “as a potential cure for youth unemployment.” This comes after others have said that they expect 5G networks to reduce the amount of people killed in auto accidents every year, help hospitals deal with data issues and help with likely security issues ahead.
During the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, many industry leaders and experts agreed that no one can clearly define what 5G will be, when it will be available or who will lead the world to the next wireless standard. As U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler put it, describing 5G “is like going to the Picasso museum here in Barcelona and looking at a picture. I’ll see something different than you see.” – EETimes
But that hasn’t stopped the International Telecommunications Union from “predefining” 5G speeds as 20Gbps. As I said weeks ago, this standard will slowed down by wireless carriers looking to tell consumers that they are offering “5G speeds” on a network that barely operates above today’s 4G speeds. The carriers were successful in completely dumbing down the definition of 4G speeds and will do the same with 5G speeds.
Today, we have an Australian telecom, Telstra, openly admitting that their 5G networks will simply be upgrades over their current 4G networks. In fact, Telstra is now claiming that their 5G speeds will offer speeds up to 10Gbps…even while admitting that they don’t know what 5G speeds actually entail.
“5G isn’t completely defined yet, but it needs a lot of thinking around the standards. We’ll be a 5G test lead with Ericsson,” Wright said. Rollout of the 5G network would be done through upgrades of the existing 4G network, with Telstra taking steps already in switching on its LTE-Advanced network, which can theoretically carry speeds of up to 450Mb per second. – ZDNet
First, where did they get 10Gbps from? Didn’t the ITU just label the definition of 5G as 20Gbps? Don’t get me wrong, 10Gbps is quite fast but since when did we just switch off the ITU’s recent 5G definition?
Second, if 5G networks are going to revolutionize the tech industry, how exactly are they going to do that based on 4G network upgrades? The current 4G network landscape has the ability to achieve much faster speeds but they don’t have the capacity to do any of the so-called 5G revolutionized actions.
In the last year, we have seen carriers announce “4.5G” and “Pre-5G” technology and island’s vying for the first 5G network. In reality, carriers are simply marketing 5G packages that include speeds that barely reach what is defined today as 4G.