Russia, China, and other authoritarian countries have shut down access to the rest of the world connected to the internet. Won’t the multi-gigabit speeds of 5G wireless help to open up the world to a free exchange of information and communication? Nope.
Theory vs. Reality
Our cable TV company is our local internet service provide. We get 200-Mbps speeds, and every speed test we conduct shows us exactly the same thing. 200-Mbps speed. Great, right?
So, what’s the problem?
It’s the old battle between theory and reality. All members of the Mincey Clan can sit around the house– iPhone, iPad, Mac– and access whatever websites we want and not experience a slowdown, thanks to that 200-Mbps speed.
And the fact that the interwebs itself is a very slow dog on a crowded street. Want proof that the U.S. internet is not very fast? Akamai has been tracking internet speeds around the world and compared to the promise of 4G LTE and 5G wireless, most of it is crummy.
The world average is just over 7-Mbps and the U.S. average is just less than 20-Mbps. That’s about what we get, even though test prove that our cable TV internet connection can do 200-Mbps.
What’s the problem?
First, if you get 10 people downloading at 20-Mbps then they suck up all that 200-Mbps excess. It’s math. The internet is crowded with other users, so those test results which show multi-Gbps download speeds mean nothing once 5G wireless gets here and everyone has it.
Second, internet web servers cannot connect to 10s of thousands or millions of users at the same time and still deliver web pages or downloads at 5G wireless speeds. Again, it’s Math.
We have two major problems growing on the interwebs these days.
The first is censorship; where authoritarian and totalitarian countries limit access for their citizens to the public internet. Russia and China are but two major examples; and the trend toward creating private internets is growing. The second is the math involved with a few billion internet users and limited bandwidth– not just wired or wireless access, but how servers will not be able to deliver websites to many users at their theoretical wireless speeds.
At Mac360 we have increased how fast our web pages load on your browser, regardless of what type of connection you have. We compress each web page, of course, and we do not use advertiser trackers or analytics trackers which slow down the web page loads. Additionally, Mac360 and all the AppleVillagers websites compress to work equally well on iPhone and iPad. Try it.
5G will be nice when it becomes somewhat ubiquitous in five or six years, but it won’t solve all our problems because theory and reality often are different.