London's mayor claims the city will be 5G-enabled by the end of the decade
posted by Peter K. / Jul 28, 2014, 6:30 AM
The mayor's main argument is that London is already the “tech capital of Europe” and rolling out a 5G network before everybody else on the continent will further cement the leading position of UK's capital. Johnson unveiled his plans about improving the infrastructure of London this week, and the 5G network is one of the key aspects of his roadmap.
As we revealed more than two months ago, some major manufacturers and carriers, such as Samsung, Nokia, NTT DocoMo, NEC, and others, are already collaborating between each other on the development of 5G networks. The results of said tests will be used by regulatory institutions, which will then define the 5G standards. Thus, mayor Johnson's extremely optimistic promises might be ahead of their time.
source: The Telegraph via Engadget
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Jolly good, Borris ! Now go get a haircut !
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 6:48 AM 4
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So what will 5G brings??? I read somewhere that With 5G, we’ll see compute capabilities getting fused with communications everywhere. So smart watches like devices don't have to process anything by their own. Sounds cool....
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 8:14 AM 1
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Only the ITU can define what 5G specs will be made clear. These carriers and countries are getting ahead of themselves with marketing. Anything to mislead unsuspecting consumers for the sake of sales and attraction. John B.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 8:20 AM 0
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Typical of government: take from the poor for the benefit of the rich. Doesn't London have greater problems than to provide the means to post selfies in Facebook? Besides, by the end of the decade, I bet that many cities will sport 5G, no thanks to mayors, but to engineers.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 10:08 AM 0
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Improved wireless service does benefit the poor, I'd argue. Terrestrial Internet is more or less a natural monopoly. Wireless is a lot easier to set up because the last-mile is a tower rather than thousands of cables running to each house. Thus, fast and high-capacity wireless service will increase competition, and decrease prices for Internet access. That benefits the poor. What comes with better Internet access? Better services. Many people have saved hundreds of dollars by dropping cable and using online streaming services. Keep improving Internet infrastructure, and we can see even more of this as time goes on. Again, it benefits the poor.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 1:57 PM 0
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