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The US’s early 5G launches suffer from teething troubles

The almost inevitable backlash against 5G hype may be starting, as rumors swirled last week that Verizon was struggling to sell its 5G Home fixed broadband replacement service; while an event in Hawaii, billed as the first real world test for mobile 5G, flopped dismally. These could be said to be teething troubles or little local difficulties, but still underline a wider sense that 5G is being misrepresented and rolled out too quickly, taking precedence over more pressing issues of coverage, price and consistency. 5G is more of a roadmap than a single ‘G’, comprising a range of technologies under the banners of higher bandwidth and lower latency. However, in these early days, it has to a large extent been…

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