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March 2021

The channel opportunity around 5G

Who knew that increasing the number in front of “G” from “4” to “5” would generate such excitement? According to some pundits, 5G “will supercharge business”. Can anyone remember if the move from 3G to 4G merited such attention? Well, back in May 2012, in an article headlined 4G internet: Will it revolutionise the internet?, HuffPost reported: “The introduction of 4G internet could result in the safeguarding of thousands of jobs, £5.5bn investment in the UK and could save workers 37 million hours a year, according to group 4G Britain.” Here we are in 2021 and only a few weeks ago, O2, Three and Vodafone were announcing plans to build and share 222 new mobile masts to boost rural coverage across the country as part of the government’s plans to provide “high-quality” 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025. You will note that the plans are for 4G, not 5G. So why are we talking about 5G when the UK is still struggling to provide full 4G coverage? The obvious answer is that nothing stands still and even as 4G nears the end of its ...

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