Cellan-Jones Says 5G is not yet 'ready for primetime'

Cellan-Jones Says 5G is not yet 'ready for primetime'

Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent for the BBC, says that 5G mobile networks are still not ready for primetime at the end of 2019.

He goes on to say,

"5G promises to revolutionise the way we communicate, connecting all sorts of things - cars, lamp-posts, maybe even products on a supermarket shelf - as well as people to the internet, at lightning speeds.

But even though I was testing three phones in central London - one of the few places you might expect to get solid 5G - the results were disappointing. I was shown one of the 5G masts on the building's roof and a first speed test showed a lightning-fast 700 Mbps."

He struggled to get a 5G speeds in both Paddington and Bermondsey, even with a 5G Huawei router that is built for the task.

He goes on to say that in the short-term at least, early adopters of 5G home broadband will be very frustrated - something that we have seen with our own eyes - even in so-called 5G areas.

RootMetrics currently show that EE 5G broadband is available in only 60% of London, with Vodafone at just 21% coverage.

As 5G infrastructure is built and invested in, and the desire for an easy-move-in experience in terms of broadband increases, we will start to see something of a revolution...but until then, it still sucks a little. But we will get there!