2020, most experts agree, will be a big year for the mobile world’s transition to turbocharged 5G networks. Early 5G adopters, though, could be in for some unpleasant surprises though, according to Patrick Hubbard, a “head geek” at IT management vendor SolarWinds.
“Consumers running applications on a ‘5G lite’ network (like AT&T’s 5Ge band) may experience faltering connectivity switching between different speeds, resulting in degraded or unpredictable performance for apps engineered assuming broadly available high-performance networks,” he says.
To mitigate that problem, Hubbard continues, developers will need to optimize applications for an unpredictable range of connectivity speeds. “At the same time, monitoring applications running on increasingly fragmented networks will become even more important.”
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