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Not all it's cracked up to be: 5G networks won't solve rural connectivity issues

•, Cassie B.

Of course, the potential health repercussions of 5G mean that all that connectivity isn't quite as desirable as it sounds – and now researchers have found that it isn't likely to solve those rural connectivity issues after all.

For example, the Daily Mail reports that only 28 percent of the UK will have 5G coverage by the end of 2020, and 23 million are still struggling to get 4G. Even though it was first launched in 2012, 4G remains still rare in rural areas. The rollout's concentration on cities and suburbs means people living in rural areas won't even have the option to sign up.

Urban areas such as London and Cardiff will be home to four 5G networks at launch, while Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Bristol will have three providers. uSwitch has warned that the new networks could take quite some time to hit rural areas in the UK, especially given the very limited range of the technology.