- Mar 25, 2003
With the first reviews of Verizon’s initial 5G rollout emerging, an I the only one that is like “meh”? The epeen of course loves seeing 500Mb on a Speedtest screen, but I’m not quite sure what the benefit is of this speed vs a solid 20Mb/sec LTE connection on a mobile phone. An argument could be made for mobile broadband for laptops and such, but this use case isn’t the one being touted- it’s all about the handheld. Proponents point to the increasing resolution of streaming videos, large file downloads, etc, but even with 4G you could stream a 4K Netflix stream to a phone (why though- on the small screen size 1080 would look just as good). Personally I would love to see carriers invest in increased backhaul from current towers so that LTE can deliver the bits as fast as it’s capable of- the lack of backhaul is often the major limitor, and I suspect we’ll see this same bottleneck once 5G really starts to roll out. Thoughts?