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What are the advantages and disadvantages of 5G technology in the US?

Although already introduced by some carriers in some areas of the US, 5G - the successor to 4G, which currently provides connectivity to most mobile devices - could have a nationwide rollout by the end of 2020. The transition from 4G to 5G would transform the digital landscape as we know it today. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of 5G deployment across the United States?

5G deployment is good

5G is much faster and has a greater bandwidth than 4G

5G offers high speed wireless connectivity unparalleled to that of 4G; it also has a lower latency and the ability to connect to more devices at once.

5G will pave the way for more advanced technologies

5G’s increased speed and connectivity will enable the development and advancement of future technologies such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and telemedicine.

5G deployment is bad

5G will contribute further to America’s digital divide

Due to its price and installation methods, rural and/or low-income communities will be negatively affected by the implementation of 5G.

5G will require entirely new devices and technologies

Similar to the country-wide transition from analog to digital television in 2009, 5G technology will require the development and purchase of new devices and technologies that can support it.

This page was last edited on Tuesday, 1 Sep 2020 at 08:34 UTC

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