Today on the Priority Queue, 5G, the much lauded successor to the 4G wireless mobile specification. A variety of spectrum is proposed to address many use cases, so 5G isn’t just any one thing. 5G is in testing now and will see production rollouts over the next several years.
Which brings us to our question today. Is 5G going to help with the rural broadband problem? To help us understand the role that 5G will play in rural broadband Internet access is Alex Marcham. Alex is a network engineer, and shares his writing and research on wireless networking at NetworkArchitecture2020.com.
The Packet Pushers and Alex discuss all the technologies that come under the 5G umbrella, licensed and unlicensed spectrum, how radio waves translate into bandwidth, and some of the physical issues (line of sight, obstructions, weather) can affect wireless networking–among other topics.