It is said 5G, or the next generation in mobile communications, is a brilliant technology in search of a business plan. Key points: Telstra expects to have its first 5G phones on the market by mid-next year 5G delivers near real-time communication, but most phone users won’t notice a difference Analysts tip 5G to revolutionise business, rather than personal, mobile use Even without a revolutionary 5G application to unleash a flood of new revenues, or cover the cost of building the new networks, the big telcos are ploughing on with the roll out. Business plan or not, it’s the way mobile telecommunications have evolved. Every decade or so a new generation, or G, is unveiled. Generational change? The jump from 4G to 5G may prove to be profound in the history of telecommunications, but for the average phone user the change will be neither immediate nor probably very obvious. Telstra began trialling 5G in 2016. It started with test devices the size of a bar fridge. They’re now down to roughly the size of a standard smart phone. While its development since has largely been under wraps, this week 5G will be the headline act at Telstra’s Investor Day presentation…. Read full this story
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