Despite living in a sizeable town, with the main (very cheap PAYG) network I use now I get a poor signal which, if anything has gotten worse over the last few years and, when I rarely use mobile data, it comes in at 3G speeds unless I’m in the town centre where 4G speeds are fine.
If I were to use giffgaff things would be slightly better but I can’t afford the PAYG rates!😆
I doubt I’ll ever need the sort of speeds offered by 5G and and in any case I have no intention of buying a new ’phone as my 6 year old LG is doing fine thank you so I’d not be in the least concerned if 5G was put on hold.
But that won’t happen. The mobile networks can see a big, gleaming pot of gold at the end of the 5G rainbow and none of them are going to be left behind in the race for it.
Regarding improving overall coverage, what is needed to solve that problem is a step change in the technology used to deliver the mobile signal. Fixed base stations; masts and the like, are all well and good if you have one handy but if your nearest mast is a long distance away or at the other side of a mountain you have had it. However, changes are happening and there are very big bucks being spent.
I’m sure most tech savvy people on here will be aware of Elon Musk’s Starlink project.
Briefly the idea is to eventually have up to 40,000 small satellites in low earth orbit to deliver high speed internet access to the entire planet.
Now whatever you think about Mr. Musk or Starlink, the idea is definitely a game changer.
Of course, whether it will succeed and at what cost remains to be seen but if successful both technologically and economically it would certainly change the face of mobile communication.
As for HS2…
It will be a complete irrelevance for me. What I want from public transport is rather like what I want from the mobile signal; something that works when I need it.