In short: remember when 5G was about to roll out and companies promised it would revolutionize the world? Now that it is gaining more and more adoption, do you agree with these claims? According to a new study, many people think 5G connectivity is overrated and haven’t noticed any improvement in speed or reliability since the upgrade.
A study by UK-based price comparison service and switching website Uswitch found that one in six 5G users believe the technology falls short of what it promises. Less than half said they noticed faster speeds or more stable connections since switching to the fifth-generation mobile network.
One of the problems with 5G has long been its coverage in rural areas. It’s a problem everywhere there are mobile networks, including the UK, where 17% of those living outside urban areas say they’ve never been able to connect to a 5G signal, three times over. more than those in cities.
Some rural mobile users cannot even get reliable connections to older networks. Only 48% of people in Yorkshire County said they could access 4G reliably, and 14% said they had to switch back to 2G often.
5G proponents have spoken of its lower latency and higher speeds enabling more applications for consumers, including the use of mobile virtual and augmented reality. Many point to the metaverse as one of the biggest areas that will benefit from 5G connectivity. But most people remain apathetic towards the concept, and a recent report predicting that most commercial projects in this virtual realm will end by 2025 hasn’t helped to increase enthusiasm.
Although it may not live up to the hype of some users, 5G still holds the distinction of being the fastest growing mobile communication technology of all time. Ericsson said coverage had reached around 25% by the end of 2021, reaching the milestone around 18 months faster than 4G. 5G is also expected to have around one billion users by the end of the year.
Part of the reason people are somewhat disappointed with 5G is that we haven’t seen its full potential yet; the technology is still in its infancy. As 5G grows – it is expected to become the dominant network with 4.4 billion users by 2027 – the number of applications that will take advantage of it will also grow. At least that’s the plan.