5G did not effect the virus, but the virus will affect 5G
5G rollout is inevitably delayed by the pandemic, but countries and companies can’t afford to take their eye of this new-tech ball
Do you remember 5G? Before the coronavirus consumed all our attention, the fifth-generation mobile networks were supposed to be the panacea for lagging economies, telecoms firms, keeping pace with China, autonomous cars, smart factories and plenty more besides.
Over-hyped? Maybe. But 5G will still be an economic boon. And, perhaps inevitably, Covid-19 has collided with the rollout of the new technology, which ultimately depends on four ingredients: popular acceptance and adoption; the ability to install the equipment; access to capital; and the availability of spectrum — the radio frequencies used to transmit the signal that will allow vast gobs of data to be transmitted at lightning speeds...