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Is the U.K. Information Superhighway Lagging Behind the Rest of the World?
5G is the future—but the United Kingdom still has a long way to go to become a truly smart country.
Jul 29, 2017—
Back in 1993, Internet speed was limited to a mere 56 Kps. It took ages to download a single webpage, so streaming music and video was not an option. The situation is very different these days, and in some parts of the world, consumers and businesses can take advantage of Internet speeds of which other countries can only dream. The technology is evolving at a phenomenal speed, but in a few countries, most notably the United Kingdom, telecommunication infrastructure is lagging behind. This could be hampering the rate at which the Internet of Things improves in the country as well.
3G and 4G Connectivity
The problem with low speeds and poor connectivity is that "things" cannot be reliably connected to the Internet. The United Kingdom needs to up its speeds and coverage if energy and fleet-management companies, for example, are to invest further in the technology.
The upshot of this data is that it isn't difficult to find a decent 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi connection, but the majority of countries cannot offer reliability and speed. Only South Korea ticks all boxes, which gives it an impressive advantage over countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States.
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