5G is almost here. I say ‘almost’ because we have yet to see broad deployment by major mobile operators across Asia – either at the consumer-retail level or enterprise. Yes, lots of PR wins by smartphone makers touting their next generation smartphones bearing the 5G standard. Similarly, network equipment vendors are giving themselves praises for launching new equipment or signing more MOUs with carriers. Sure, AT&T president Kevin Petersen blamed the limitations of physical manpower and community logistics for the slow rollout of gig-speed mobile networks. But beyond excuses by operators or how fast or slow they are at launching [...]
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