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The 4th industrial Revolution


One of the things I often do is peak over the horizon at technology. I have talked a few times about the reality of 5g. Many pundits are calling it the 4th industrial revolution, and for the most part, it may be. It however also creates a much greater potential of the reality of what is called the digital divide.

What is the digital divide? It is the delta between people that have access, in fact, and people that don’t have access today. In any case, it is due to location (in the US, rural customers often lag far behind urban customers for internet speeds). It is also an issue of the reality of implementation.

What does the reality of implementation mean? It is the reality of how a nation or country deployed both land and cellular technology. South Korea and the US were leaders in the implementation of fiber optic cables. In the new world of 5g, those fiber optic cables become the make or break.

Have them in your country today, then 5g is fairly straight forward.

Don’t have them in your country, and 5g is a little harder.

The digital divide is an issue that is going to impact people but not as much as many of the futurists are saying.

LTE or long term evolution, sometimes called 4g, in particular,  4g LTE Advanced has a lot more bandwidth overall than people realize.

The issue of the digital divide is more going to be what are you doing with the device and what do you need to know.

4g LTE may be good enough for 90% of what people need from bandwidth.

But envy is a horrible thing!

The reality of what the digital divide may become is that countries that have Fiber Backbones in their networks are going to move to 5g reasonable quickly (by 2024). Other countries will move slower as they have two projects, Fiber, and 5g, to implement.

But, removing envy, 4g LTE is enough for most needs.

  • have you heard the term digital divide?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Are you comfortable with the term Digital Divide?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Korea, the US and some parts of Europe are already experiencing 5g did you know that?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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    • um
      everyone is working on 6g. But until 5g is finalized, no one is working on anything other than 5g+

      the tariffs on Chinese technology companies is wholly because of their IP theft and recently malware on various components they have shipped.

  1. Q: have you heard the term digital divide?
    Yes (3 votes) – 30%
    No (7 votes) – 70%
    Q: Are you comfortable with the term Digital Divide?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%
    Q: Korea, the US and some parts of Europe are already experiencing 5g did you know that?
    Yes (5 votes) – 50%
    No (5 votes) – 50%

  2. In Bulgaria, the main telecom started to build DSL lines, while smaller local operators switched directly to LAN.
    This has given a very strong impetus to the larger cities for internet use.
    Gradually operators began to cover the smaller settlements, which ranks us 20th place out of 108 countries monitored with an average internet connection speed of 15.6 Mbps.

  3. Thank you for this informative post and I hope that Israel will also be at the forefront of the Digital Divide and get the 5g quickly, but that might mean that I would have to buy a new phone much more quickly, So , . . wait a bit. . .

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