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.