[LINK] Millimeter-wave 5G will never scale beyond dense urban areas, T-Mobile says

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Apr 26 08:49:32 AEST 2019

On 25/4/19 8:54 am, Kim Holburn wrote:
> https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/04/millimeter-wave-5g-will-never-scale-beyond-dense-urban-areas-t-mobile-says/

> ... 5G "will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments." ...

Yes, 5G is designed for urban environments, which have a lot of
customers close together. Many base stations, using very short range 
signals, can provide high bandwidth. Different technology is needed for 
more sparely populated areas, where the signals have to travel further.

However, there is no way to provide people in regional areas the same 
level of service as inner cities, because it is easier, and cheaper, to 
provide service where there are many people close together.

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