At least one expert is predicting that the roll out of 5G mobile service will either be delayed or poorly implemented. Over at The Register Professor William Webb offers his insight as to why this will be. He predicts that the physical upgrading or replacing of existing signal stations from 4G to 5G will be significantly more expensive than the upgrade to 4G was and that a hybrid option will result in an insignificant increase in network speeds. He also suggests that total mobile data usage is starting to plateau and we may not even need this extra bandwidth. That is a contentious claim, with mobile usage seemingly increasing thanks to more and more streaming apps and the ever expanding market of mobile users. Any slowdown in total usage could instead be caused by pricing, many simply can't afford the overage charges incurred by heavy data usage but would gleefully slurp up more the moment their data caps increase.
"THE 5G WIRELESS VISION is flawed because technological advances are insufficient to deliver it, users won't pay extra for the higher data rates and don't need the greater capacity it is expected to provide – and because mobile operators can't afford to implement it anyway."
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