5G is the New 4K
With all the promises of 5G being provided by the major carriers, it seems like the future of quantum communications and teleportation is on the horizon. Well, not really — we still can’t figure out how to de-atomize something and completely rearrange it to its original form. Oh, wait, 5G…right! Yeah, that’s not so much of a reality either. We still have a lot of hurdles to get over, such as the cost, the current amount of available 5G hotspots in the US (which is about 12 cities just by AT&T), and the number of devices and applications that can currently use 5G.
This is much akin to 4K TVs. Sure there is more content now than 5 years ago when devices first hit the market but the amount of content today is still underwhelming. This same trend can be applied to 5G. With the current price points of some device starting and $750 reaching upwards of $2,000. This doesn’t just seem practical from a consumer standpoint with little to no content and coverage available.
The bigger problem is the lack of applications that don’t exist (oxymoronic, I know). Here’s a scenario: say you wanted to use the capabilities of streaming on your 5G device from your 5G network to watch something in say 4K, you would be limited by the lack of current content available. The other impracticalities involve the ability of drones, cars, and other smart/IoT applications to communicate with each other seamlessly but these applications don’t exist YET.
5G is definitely the way of the telecommunicated future but as of right now there still are some kinks to work out with the whole overpriced, lack of coverage and application support thing. But don’t be discouraged, futurist. The potential of 5G is just too great to ignore but that’s about the only stage it’s at right now, potential. It’s a Kickstarter, looking to fund a beta-test with big-city hopes and dreams.
By: Kevin Johnson