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Do we really need 5G? EVER?

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tp4tissue:
Let's say you want to bitstream full 1080p bluray quality, that's 40mbit ~ 5 megabyte/s, well within current 4G.

Even 4k bluray only runs ~110mbit peak. ~14 megabyte/s

What exactly does someone do with even more wireless bandwidth?

someone's gon' wirelessly ftp his entire desktop library ?

Findecanor:
Wireless means that the bandwidth is shared with other users and is susceptible to interference from geography, houses, trees and whatever.

5G was never about giving the users more convenience. It is used as an excuse to shut off wired broadband to people, because a more expensive (=more profitable) connection that satisfies the definition of "broadband" is available.

Then that regular 5G and the ultra-fast are two different things and the ultra-fast requires many many towers very close together, which can only happen in cities and never ever in the rural areas where the telcos wants to discontinue wired broadband is just a tiny tiny detail in their eyes that is often glossed over.

tp4tissue:
discontinue wired broadband?

must be a rumor.

the power use to pipe 5g or any g a long distance with any decent coverage is significantly greater than wired. current implementation is like 3-5x electrical use as 4g towers.

they'd never recoup the cost running expensive new towers especially in low density areas.

Findecanor:

--- Quote from: tp4tissue on Sun, 07 August 2022, 22:59:49 ---discontinue wired broadband?

--- End quote ---
Has happened over here. Telcos don't want to be bothered with the cost of maintaining infrastructure in rural areas that are less profitable.

fohat.digs:

--- Quote from: Findecanor on Mon, 08 August 2022, 00:10:45 ---
--- Quote from: tp4tissue on Sun, 07 August 2022, 22:59:49 ---discontinue wired broadband?

--- End quote ---
Has happened over here.

--- End quote ---

Whoa! I trust physical cables so much more. There are far too many potential problems that can go far beyond weather.

And I rue the day when multiple communication satellites start going down.

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