Just kidding. 5G is the next big thing, of course. Then 10G, but not mobile 10G. Wired 10G. “G” as in gigabits per second. 10-gigabits per second. Yes, that’s fast. One benefit I have of traveling often to the U.S. is to sample different internet speeds. To put it kindly, it’s spotty. Some locales are screaming fast, some are dirt slow, a few are slower than dirt.
5G won’t be ubiquitous in the U.S. or here in the U.K. for years to come, but it will get us to some unholy speeds occasionally– provided the internet itself can keep up. I have doubts.
So, what about 10G?
First, look at what is going on in the telecommunications industry. Wired providers– your phone company or the cable TV company– now have faster internet access than wireless carriers.
5G will change that.
The cable TV industry’s answer, in a vain attempt to keep hold of its customer base knowing how spotty and flaky 5G will be for many years, is 10G. 10-gigabits per second.
That’s wired speeds to your home or office. From there, you’ll add a Wi-Fi 6 router to get faster speeds to your desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets, and even smartphones.
Isn’t 10-gigabits per second just crazy-assed overkill? Now? Maybe. Yes. In a few years? Not at all. First, look at how many Wi-Fi connected devices exist in your home now. We have iPhones and iPads and Macs for everyone in our household, and there are times when even Wi-Fi 5 gets sucked up and connections slow down.
Internet access is only as fast as the slowest link, and we’re to the point already where the slowest link is the internet itself, but in a home with a dozen connected devices, or in an office with hundreds of devices all connected at the same time, and probably not connected to the same locations, connections need more bandwidth.
10G aims to bring more bandwidth to those areas where 5G has problems. And, just as 5G won’t be a real thing for most of us for at least two or three more years, 10G won’t be around until then, either. Check out 10G Platform for the details, but don’t hold your breath. Don’t even hold it for 5G Standards.
All of this is messy and will take years to settle down.