Although it is possible to compare the technical specifications of these two types of communication—such as data throughput, coverage or cost; the business logic behind these two technologies couldn't be more different. It would be like comparing a chain of supermarkets (5G), that offers a wide range and volume of products for a large population, with a new company looking to bring drinking water to underserved communities (Satellite).
Without a doubt, 5G offers the promise of an exciting future, with a myriad of emerging technologies continually redefining our society, economy and environment. But often it feels like telecommunications companies are lagging behind expectations. In this post, I explore what I believe two of the major issues hindering the implementation and exploitation of 5G. First, the immense infrastructure challenge that the deployment of 5G networks entails. Second, and yet more troubling, the lack of an overarching vision that orchestrates the development of 5G connectivity.