Big Cable announce plans for 10G while 5G is still in the shell

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Who else is beginning to have doubt in this wireless network of a thing as it is looking a lot like a campaign strategy?

Network carriers are rolling out more doubts than solutions to the wireless network struggles. Just about when AT&T is been accused of ingenuity in terms of 5G network offering; a bigger concern has just sprouted from the oblivion, making the whole situation look like a scripted event.

At the ongoing CES in Los Angeles, NCAA and other cable groups announced of their 10G initiative and it looks like a big shade on the 5G wireless trend that is yet to yield a finished result. For some other people, this is somewhat a competition between the networks carriers, having the traditional cable companies a bit spooked. Of course, one is expected to go for something that is twice as much efficient than another thing, and here, 10G is the better one, considering that its a pair of 5G in one.

Before I go deeper into explaining what might be unknown here, you should first be aware that 5G in this instance means 5th-Generation, just like the previous G’s- the 4G, which is our current LTE edition, 3G, 2G, and their likes

5G is supposed to be fast, promising multi-gigabit speeds without the need for the deployment of expensive cables or infrastructure. And though it’s yet to really be demonstrated at that level, it’s easy to see why a cable company might be concerned, should those sorts of wireless speeds materialize.

The new 10G branding introduced here isn’t referring to a generational count, but rather the kind of network that the various global cable groups are hoping to achieve: 10 gigabits. If it’s achieved, it’d be a dramatic leap forward from today’s current networks, which tend to cap out roughly around 1Gbps for an actual subscriber with the absolute best and fastest connections available in the United States.

The funny thing here is that most of this ideas are still years away from realization and it is all beginning to look like a night tale, with every company coming forth with its own version of next-generation network tales. It doesn’t help that there are almost no details as to how these speeds will be achieved beyond some vague statements about leveraging existing cable networks alongside new technologies and hardware, which doesn’t actually mean much.

Making this entire marketing campaign more absurd is that most people don’t even have anything close to 1Gbps internet. It’s possible that the 10G website’s claim that “most of America already has access to home internet speeds of 1 Gigabit per second” may be technically accurate,  given how concentrated American populations are in urban areas if we are to exclude other parts of the world who probably might have nothing close to that. But according to the FCC’s 2018 broadband report, the median download speed for US broadband customers was just 72 Mbps as of September 2017 — a far cry from 1Gbps, much fewer than 10Gbps. Well, for me, the only attractive thing about the 10G thing is their logo which has more explanation than that of 5G.

 

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