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Don’t Fall for the 5g Hype Yet.

Updated on February 5, 2019
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Philo Igaba is a freelance writer and a journalist. She enjoys writing about Lifestyle, health, pets, technology, and travel.

Several networks are warming up for 5G. Phone manufacturers are yet to jump onto that network upgrade bandwagon leaving us with no choice but bask in the glory of stable networks and faster speeds. No doubt it has potential in its efficiency and effectiveness, but hey hold up before you get too excited because there might be potential roadblocks hindering this connected future.

Costs associated with deploying 5G infrastructure are too high. Unlike 2G, 3G and 4G networks which were able to cover significant areas using large base positions, this particular one will at least in the next few years need a rollout of a dense network. In the future, 5G will likely use high-frequency crews whereby radio signals will not be able to travel very far. Meaning that when 5G arrives, it will be too costly that it can only be used by high-end customers who are capable of purchasing the expensive modems and smartphones to connect. It will likely be limited only to urban dwellers.

Before you make any purchasing decisions, it's better you first identify the risks associated before you waste your hard earned cash. The big question is, why are you purchasing it anyway? Is it bandwagon? Is your 4G slow? Probably not. What if it was, is upgrading your network the best solution? Certainly not immediately. It will take a little while. Furthermore, if you happen to be in a no signal or poor connection zone, this will not help because this next-gen roll–outs will only initiate in cities that are densely populated.

Not only will the early birds commence in the city but also it is likely going to function in specific areas and joints. The chances are that it will take quite some time for all these networks to cover a more significant population. It will not be in full swing for some good years so rethink before you make any decision. If you must buy it, wait and first see its coverage maps to better understand and judge for how long we are going to stay afloat in this 5G area.

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    • Oluwafemi Okeowo profile image

      Oluwafemi Okeowo 

      14 months ago from Nigeria

      5G on phones sounds like it’s going to utterly **suck** (expensive, lack of compatibility between networks, etc), but 5G for home internet sounds absolutely revolutionary.

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