What is it with '5G'?
Now, I admit I'm in my cups this evening, so this may be a less thought through question that usual....however..
For a long time I have been of the opinion that it is better to have more consistent long-to-medium-term throughput at a lower-than-peak speed than the instantaneously achievable high speed that cannot be sustained - especially if one is mobile (Either walking or at speed as opposed to being immobile/static).
Consistency is what you want/need (Ask any racing driver!) - it's pointless being able to shift stuff at 600Mbps if you can do that for one second and then get, say 50Mbps for the other 59 seconds of that minute (3550Mbit/Min) due to RAT/environmental conditions. Better to have a consistent rate of 75Mbps for the entire minute, every minute, isn't it (4500Mbit/Min)? Especially when on the move on foot or train etc.
I'm well aware of the traffic profiles in use (Still generally asymmetric, although upload from user-to-network is becoming more important as we upload increasingly 'rich' content including over-the-top VOIP and especially video calling, and more frequently too).
I'm also well aware of the fact that '5G' tech incorporates the concept of fixed (as opposed to mobile) devices to some extent, and it's right that these can expect higher transfer rates.
Now, here's the question:
Can someone provide, preferably in words of one syllable, and as you would explain in plain English to a small child, a decent explanation of exactly exactly *why* people still try to sell mobile services on *SPEED* rather than sustained throughput? (* and **).
I'm getting more and more cynical and despondent as time goes on, so please understand when I say that my current considered opinion is that all mobile operators are a bunch of cnuts (Although not the engineers!).
* Because differentiation / marketing / competition / commercials / going ever forward is *NOT* a valid answer - I want another one!
** We are the technical aristocracy and I know Joe Public is gullible mug :-)