5G – who wants it? who’ll pay?

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http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39106519

The hot topic at Mobile World Congress this year is not a new phone – apart from the Nokia 3310, they all look the same.

Nor is it a new technology like virtual reality – compared with last year, there seem to be fewer VR headsets around.

No, the biggest thing in Barcelona is something invisible that doesn’t yet exist, 5G.

The hype about the potential of the next generation of mobile networks has reached new heights, with every major company exhibiting here eager to explain how it will be at the cutting edge of the coming 5G revolution.

Governments too have decided it is now technologically correct (can I coin the term TC?) to rave about the importance to the economy of being 5G-ready.

On the UK stand, the Trade Minister, Greg Hands, told me funds would continue to pour into 5G research post-Brexit.

Over at the Intel stand, they had gone as far as to build a prototype 5G network to give us a feel of what this new connected paradise would be like.

There was an autonomous car, a connected home, and a smart lamppost all talking to the network at breakneck speed.

Visitors were invited to don a Microsoft HoloLens headset for an augmented reality display of seas of data flowing round the stand and up into the sky.

It was easy to forget there was still no agreement on exactly what constitutes 5G, and most countries still had to work out what spectrum would be needed and how they would allocate it.

More important, perhaps, there is no sense that consumers know anything about it or have any sense that they want it – in fact my sense is that most would prefer to see a bit more of the 4G vision realised before the next revolution comes along.

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“The hype about the potential of the next generation of mobile networks has reached new heights, with every major company exhibiting here eager to explain how it will be at the cutting edge of the coming 5G revolution.”

im waiting for 6G..you think it and it happens.. 🙂

“It was easy to forget there was still no agreement on exactly what constitutes 5G, and most countries still had to work out what spectrum would be needed and how they would allocate it.”

right..

401

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~ by seeker401 on March 12, 2017.

7 Responses to “5G – who wants it? who’ll pay?”

  1. its dangerous as hell…unnecessary as well.

    On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 6:15 PM, Follow The Money wrote:

    > seeker401 posted: ” http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39106519 The hot > topic at Mobile World Congress this year is not a new phone – apart from > the Nokia 3310, they all look the same. Nor is it a new technology like > virtual reality – compared with last year, there see” >

  2. “you think it and it happens”

    exactly what they are doing.

    That is what is happening, and they might have the ground swell of followers to make it happen on a larger scale. There were doubters in the article, which revolved around expense and a reliance on what they have now going on, i.e. 4G. Those two could be overcome. Of course they would need enough technocrats, but the interconnection between technologies, e.g. cars, kitchen, dining room, laptop, TV, has been in the works already. Just has not become affordable enough to be at Walmart. It may not happen, but it may.

  3. I am looking to go for a basic phone like the old nokia -who needs the rest
    of the stuff – you can get all that on my computer.

  4. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  5. 5G…coming to Aust

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