17:19 10 October 2017
A new study conducted by Cambridge Judge Business School predicts that the majority of Brits will have access to 5G mobile broadband technology by 2026. It added that the remaining 10per cent may not enjoy the new technology due to “exponentially increasing cost.”
The report also said that broadband providers should focus on providing consistent coverage for their end-users instead of promising “unrealistic connectivity requirements in rural areas.”
Dr Edward Oughton, research associate at Cambridge Judge Business School, said: “We don’t need higher and higher headline speeds, but what we do need is reliable connectivity – to ensure we can reap the productivity benefits of new digital applications, platforms and services.
“We haven’t been able to achieve this with 4G LTE in the UK as patchy reception often leads to disruption.
“Operators can struggle to deploy new base stations and the industry has been experiencing declining revenues, meaning there isn’t much capability for large scale infrastructure investment.”
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