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5G Kunming

hongxiongmao (50 posts) • 0

Yes, as satii mentioned you need to have a 5g ready/capable phone to use such data connection.

There are currently quite a few options to select from Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei and the likes.

tigertigerathome (164 posts) • 0

Give it a few months, and the price of 4G devices will start to drop. A good time to buy a spare device.

Hopefully, if people want to play on 5G it will free up some of the public wifi in cafes for the non 5G users.

satii (82 posts) • 0

Lets hope 5G tech is used more for education innovation than for mere games - insidious development of even greater smartphone addiction for our youth. As @Napoleon said, capitalism and education are not good bedfellows.

debaser (635 posts) • 0

There have been many reports of 4G slowing down (possibly to make 5G appear faster). The phrase 'gaslighting' was used. Tests have shown that 5G speeds are nowhere near what was promised even though they are obviously faster than 4G. Someone more cynical might believe that it's all a ploy to make people upgrade and others have also mentioned the clear economic benefits. 6G isalready in the works... I might just wait for that one.

satii (82 posts) • 0

It is said when cooking frogs alive. Turning up the heat suddenly, the frog would jump out. But turning up heat gradually, they'll stay in the pan to meet their culinary fate.

Same can be said about technology. Gradual tech advancement cycles like small updates won't be met with societal resistance. But great leaps in upgrades may conflict with humanity's wiring; triggering fear response as our comfortable habituation with the old, familiar routines are undermined. A reoccurring theme for thousands of years.

Whether the manipulation of 4G speed is warranted, or just a froggy knee jerk fabrication, remains to be seen as adoptions pick up.

JanJal (1199 posts) • 0

4G will remain best it gets for much of rural China anyway, especially in provinces like Yunnan.

I just hope the operators and manufacturers acknowledge this, instead of adding communication technological disparity to that of other economy and services in China.

satii (82 posts) • 0

True. 4G may tailor better to widely distributed rural backwaters due to greater distance in coverage.

4G's lower frequency/longer wavelength interference is comparable to light beams, where red hues are visible during sunsets and sunrises as light's low frequency/long wavelengths seep through water and smog molecules congregated near horizon thanks to gravity. Blue spectrum band of higher frequency and shorter wavelength or absorbed or bounced off by them, thus, unable to reach our eyes during dusk & dawn.

Whereas, highly dense and populated urban settings benefit more from the fifth generation spectrum, which uses higher radio frequency with shorter wavelengths. Similar to blue color band analogy, 5G drawback is they don't travel as far as explained above, but tailor more devices per area.

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