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Everyone talks about 5g, but we should be much more careful.

5G, in fact, is much further than you might believe and, above all, it is very far from creating real advantages for those who work with mobile content creation. Those who follow TMS are well aware that I am not a technician, but I look at things like a reporter and I can report some events that have happened to me in these days when I approached the topic.

Italy seems to be at the forefront, but that’s not true.

In recent days I bought a 5G phone, exactly one 128 gigabyte Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Since the purchase I immediately discovered that the wonderful world of 2 giga per second in download is a mirage, precisely because of the 5G hardware that there are on the market. If you do a search on the modems that are mounted in the first devices that have come out in recent months, you immediately understand that they mount a cellular network receiver that is not native 5G, but is a 4G with an accelerator. For this reason, if we buy one of those machines, we seem to be going much faster, but we are very far from the true fifth generation cellular connection.

The operators between deception and ignorance.

There are two telephone operators that have put tariffs on the market with the initials 5G: Vodafone and Tim. In their advertisements they boast enormous potential and large cities already covered, but the truth is that coverage is almost zero even in Milan and that the installation of 5G antennas has not even begun. If you enter the stores of these companies, you will find lost salespeople who do not know what they are selling, but the same companies send different messages between the site and normal advertising.

Connection power is not the right one.

If one gets the offers brochures, then one discovers, in the small writings, that the connection offered is very far from having a 5G standard because the connection that is offered travels on the same antennas as before in a slightly more accelerated way . In fact, it goes from 10-20 megabytes per second to 80-90 megabytes. In short, a multiplication by 8 (when you can take the line) of the speed, when the 5G should go to declared 2000 megabytes per second. It is caused by the cell phones that are only a little accelerated and the 5G antennas that are not yet in the area.

Look what happens in London.

BBC tech correspondent Rory Cellan Jones toured London with 5G devices and SIM cards and had bad results last December. You can see his video here, made in collaboration with the mobile journalist Dougal Shaw.

5G: Not yet ready for primetime

This was the year that 5G came to the UK, promising a new era of mobile communications. But how is it working out for those few consumers who have taken the plunge and signed up for a service? I have conducted a not very scientific audit.

It is only “accelerated” 4G

Even in Great Britain, therefore, 5G connections are simple 4G accelerated and do not go beyond 270 mega in download. Yes, because in upload, which is much more interesting for those who work with mobile content creation, to send content quickly to the recipient or to support a direct social network in full HD or 4K, this is even worse. Marc Settle, British mobile journalism authority and BBC trainer thinks about clarifying things with a tweet on February 1, 2020.

The Settle’s tweet about upload in 5G

The crucial point is the infrastructure.

Even if the telephone companies in Italy already spend millions of euros in 5G advertising, consumers and users of 5G must know the truth: that is, 5G has not even started even if they are already selling it. Moreover, the crucial point is the infrastructure for which there is a very long verification process before you can position every single 5G repeater in a place that has to be under the strict rules on citizens’ health. In short, for us mortals, the real problem is not the war on Huawei or the power of Ericsson, or Trump’s tariffs against China.

Operatios should not sell an unreal dream

The real problem is that to plant the antennas and to put them correctly, there will be a battle in each village between local administrations and operators. Who should be more consistent in the information on the subject and not aim to take money from users’ unsuspecting wallets, selling a dream that is not reality.

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