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November 19, 2020
As the new fifth generation standard for cellular networking, 5G, continues to roll out, operators worldwide are working hard to provide quality access. However, the service isn’t yet always up to scratch.
Record speeds are slow to arrive
Expectations for 5G are so high that the first people to access the service are inevitably a little disappointed when the previously announced speeds (theoretically up to 10 times faster than 4G) fail to materialise. In China, South Korea and the US, only people living in the center of certain big cities can enjoy optimal connections, while, for the moment, others have to make do with a pared-down version of 5G, like a kind of enhanced 4G service. In the US, for example, Verizon has deployed several types of bandwidth. The 5G ultra-wideband service, with the highest performances, is currently only available in around 50 cities and seven airports nationwide. Its 5G “DSS” service, offering reduced performances, already provides coverage to more than half of the population. Deploying adequate infrastructure to bring the full benefits of 5G to everyone is likely to take several years yet.
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