Network providers around the globe are launching 5G networks that can connect the handful of available 5G-capable devices. Currently, very few devices are connected to these new networks, allowing providers to tout headline grabbing download speeds of 1 Gbps plus. That is up to ten times faster than the “superfast” broadband services households in the UK enjoy when they are with a major provider, which is around 50 to 100 Mbps to the home, which has to be shared with all the occupants, such as a data-hungry young family or even a group of students.
Although higher data speeds will enable new use cases, including replacing existing wired broadband services, my premise is that data throughput speed is not where the true value of 5G lies. Two critical benefits introduced by 5G: