Do we really need 5G?


As I mentioned in a previous blog post, 4G is really pretty good. It makes quite a few useful things possible:

  • fast general Internet access (on the order of DSL)
  • download and even upload of high-resolution video
  • always-on behavior (with batteries lasting the entire day)
  • apps relying on location and identity (technically a smartphone feature).

As a testament to this success, there are well over 700 commercial 4G networks deployed across the world, covering more than 80 percent of the global population.

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