Networking & Cables

Why 5G Won’t Replace Fiber or Cable Broadband

According to Primex, device compatibility, service flexibility, security, and service coverage could slow the 5G revolution.

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Posted by John Nemesh on April 12, 2019

The author completely misses the point.  5G WILL be competing with hard line services like fiber and cable.  You will have a router, just like everyone else, that will take your 5g connection from the cell tower, then distribute wifi coverage throughout your home.  The only new device you will need is the new router, and possibly an antenna (since 5g signals a ultra-high frequency, they won’t penetrate walls very well, if at all).  What remains to be seen is how the pricing will shake out.  If they keep the current structure that 4g is on, no one will want to pay for it.  If they can give you an UNLIMITED connection (or at least 2TB/Month of data before a cap) then I foresee plenty of people ditching Comcast for 5g.  Competition is ALWAYS welcome.  The “pie in the sky” applications, like tying in cars and traffic systems, IoT and other devices DIRECTLY to the network…yeah, most of those claims are total hype.  But the market is hungry for competition to fixed home internet service, and I am thinking that it will have a MUCH bigger impact on companies like Comcast than the author thinks!

Posted by Julie Jacobson on April 12, 2019

Agreed, John.

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Posted by Julie Jacobson on April 12, 2019

Agreed, John.

Posted by John Nemesh on April 12, 2019

The author completely misses the point.  5G WILL be competing with hard line services like fiber and cable.  You will have a router, just like everyone else, that will take your 5g connection from the cell tower, then distribute wifi coverage throughout your home.  The only new device you will need is the new router, and possibly an antenna (since 5g signals a ultra-high frequency, they won’t penetrate walls very well, if at all).  What remains to be seen is how the pricing will shake out.  If they keep the current structure that 4g is on, no one will want to pay for it.  If they can give you an UNLIMITED connection (or at least 2TB/Month of data before a cap) then I foresee plenty of people ditching Comcast for 5g.  Competition is ALWAYS welcome.  The “pie in the sky” applications, like tying in cars and traffic systems, IoT and other devices DIRECTLY to the network…yeah, most of those claims are total hype.  But the market is hungry for competition to fixed home internet service, and I am thinking that it will have a MUCH bigger impact on companies like Comcast than the author thinks!