Delivery of Wi-Fi is flexible. Your customers can purchase it as a service delivered to homes and offices via fiber and coaxial cable. They can get it as a free amenity in hotels or restaurants. They can buy Wi-Fi time when traveling.
With cellular networks, subscription and service models are the only option.
Broadband is considered more secure for direct peer-to-peer file sharing and communications. Businesses have established secure Wi-Fi for local area network (LAN) integration. Convincing these users to switch to a cellular network could be a challenge.
A well-designed internet installation will ensure that there is Wi-Fi coverage everywhere in the home or office — even below ground level. Cellular networks can only offer that degree of service by adding small cell or distributed antenna systems (DAS).
Even with these limitations, 5G does have the potential to reach rural locations before fibre does, which would mean homeowners and businesses could take advantage of smart devices and home automation.
This could take the pressure off of internet service providers to lay cable in rural areas.
Leaving us to ask the question, is huge government spending on the national broadband plan really necessary?