Carriers and equipment manufacturers showcase 5G but its biggest advantage is a no-show
Those who expected to have their hats blown away by the amazing speeds of 5G were left disappointed, The Verge notes. While manufacturers had indeed set up demo areas with 5G antennas and prototype devices that can make use of them, the speeds at which everything was running were not only far from the expected 5G ones, but even slower than some 4G connections.
As a reminder, 5G promises to deliver data speeds of over 1Gbps, potentially hitting 10Gbps, but at the event, the devices were reaching only around 130-140Mbps. Of course, the companies involved: Qualcomm, Ericsson, Samsung and Verizon had plenty of reasons why this was the case. From limited frequencies they could use to the fact that they just wanted to show that it’s working and that there’s a lot of tinkering and optimization required, there’s plenty of hurdles that stopped the organizers from showing us the true potential of 5G.
We’re sure that’s all true, but it takes the wind out of 5G’s sails when an event that’s meant to promote the new technology fails to show the biggest thing that separates 5G from what we already have ― the blazing fast speed. It seems that we’ll have to patiently wait until all the pieces fall into place and we can be genuinely amazed (hopefully) by what 5G can do.