The media is slowly waking up to 5
see https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/nbn/could-superfast-and-widely-available-5g-be-the-final-nail-in-the-troubled-nbns-coffin/news-story/0983855d02565ed97b64b546ba8ffab4 This article is the second which demonstrates the media gradually realising the power of wireless. 3.5G showed people wanted mobile broadband, 4G was actually enough to threaten any network like NBN, and 5G is too much to ignore for journalists who must now concede that FTTP and FTTN is (and was always) under... View Article
This article is the second which demonstrates the media gradually realising the power of wireless. 3.5G showed people wanted mobile broadband, 4G was actually enough to threaten any network like NBN, and 5G is too much to ignore for journalists who must now concede that FTTP and FTTN is (and was always) under threat.
[5G] will be the first mobile technology of its kind to offer a service comparable to current broadband internet, in terms of speed and capacity, experts say.
They’re still softening the truth. 4G goes as fast as 50mbps with 50ms latency. That’s comparable to NBN.
At present, Australia’s mobile network is capable of providing data download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second, but the actual connection speed is lower due to congestion.
They try to downplay 4G directly. Again, I have friends who have clocked speeds of more than 50mbps. I tested the other day and I was clocking 20mbps; not theoretical – real, while travelling on a bus.
“The maximum download speed of 5G networks could be more than one gigabit per second,” says University of Melbourne’s Profess Rod Tucker.
This is propaganda. 4G is designed to achieve 1gbps for a single device. And simply have a look at the current WikiPedia article “It predicts a 1.4 Gbit/s median speed for a configuration using 28 GHz millimeter waves”. Rod should have said “will”, not “could”.
Professor Tucker said consumers could see the 5G network as a convenient alternative to connecting to the NBN.
Again, ignoring the fact that many consumers already see 5G as a convenient alternative.
However, the cost would be substantially higher given NBN plans would offer higher amounts of data than mobile packages.
“This will always be a key difference between the NBN and 5G,” he said.
This completely ignores the fact that the entry-level prices are lower; it also ignores recent history showing the prices coming down, and the volume of data going up – and that’s with 4G! You can get 100GB from Optus for $100 albeit at ~12mbps. Casual and prepaid mobile plans go as low as $20 per month for 1GB maybe higher at full speed – NBN can’t touch that – nor is NBN lifestyle mobile. Also, now Telstra has a casual plan costing ~$60 for 60GB, with a handy option to limit the speed at 1.5mbps if you go over.
It’s great that the market superiority of mobile broadband is starting to receive mainstream media attention. They’ll come around completely soon, it will just take a while longer.