back to article Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

While the 5G enthusiasts often hit the headlines with visions of AI-driven robots and virtual reality, many operators remain sceptical of the new business models 5G will drive, at least in the short term. Vasyl Latsanych, CMO at Russia's largest telco, MTS, echoed the sentiments Wireless Watch hears from many of its MNO research …

  1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    "5G is still just about attracting attention at MWC in Barcelona"

    Truer words etc. Someone buy this guy a drink, please.

  2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    Latsanych told an investor conference in London: "There is no finalized technology, no network equipment available, no frequency allocation in any of our countries,

    Spot on. It is standards and a specific subtype of university people looking for w*nkfest junkets at present. There is no substance.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Self driving cars shouldn't even need 3G

    If a car is depending on having constant 10 Mbps connectivity to successfully drive itself, I think they need to go back to the drawing board. If it needs one Gbps like 5G is promising, it shouldn't be allowed on the road.

    1. ARGO

      Re: Self driving cars shouldn't even need 3G

      Agreed. 5G latency would be helpful for some aspects, but if autonomous cars need 5G bandwidth someone has seriously misdesigned the system.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Self driving cars shouldn't even need 3G

        Depends if you add safety data in real time from cars that just past into/safely through a sector, ahead of you. You're not going to that with a 3G mast next to the M25.

        I wish I could get a pound for everytime 5G is headlined/mentioned elsewhere in the media, without a single mention of the large scale rollout of fibre backhaul that would be requred, to service it.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Self driving cars shouldn't even need 3G

          The real time safety data could be broadcast by the car ahead, it doesn't have to go via a tower. That way it will work in areas without coverage, like tunnels.

          And while such information is nice to have, it should never be required for self driving cars. Us self driving meatbags don't have such info, and other than maybe some hard braking when we round a curve and found traffic has stopped, it doesn't impede us (generally when accidents result it is because someone isn't paying attention or driving to the conditions, neither of which should be a concern with a self driving car that doesn't get distracted or fail to pay attention to how slippery or foggy it is)

  4. 0laf Silver badge


    Russian Head-Honcho steps off hype-wagon and acquires mystical rare ability known as 'common sense'.

    Is there a six step program for all executives to bring them to a moment of clarity and stop them buying into whatever shiny shite is dangled in front of them?

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