There’s a lot of hype about 5G mobile broadband. And it’s surely coming
. The European Commission is determined
that Europe should regain a leading role in this mobile tech (as it had with GSM, a couple of decades ago). The FCC is trying to push through spectrum allocations
to benefit the US 5G industry. But some of that spectrum is already being used by satellites; the satellite industry says that higher frequencies should be used instead, and satellites should be integrated with other networks
for 5G benefits to be enjoyed
all across national territories. So 5G standards should be designed to incorporate satellites
, especially for coverage of non-urban areas. Meanwhile, TelecomAsia’s John Tanner writes that progress on 5G may not be as rapid as some advocates would like
. And looking at the very modest 5G predictions, alongside the huge numbers of people using current technologies, Tanner says that LTE (4G) will be the backbone of Asia’s mobile communications for a long time to come.