If you've ever been to a very fancy/expensive hotel, you often have to pay for wifi, and the wifi is very slow. Compare this to a cheap road-side motel where it's included and fast. There are a few reasons this happens, but one of them might be that the fancier hotel bought in to the wifi infrastructure earlier, which means they have more expensive/older/less performant equipment.
Another example could be railways or public transportation: the areas that first invested in public transportation have aging infrastructure that is lacking in the new technological advances that late-comers to public transportation got to take advantage of. And sometimes the existence of the older transit options prevents progress (like drivers being resistant to computerization, making a railway/transit system less on-time or not able to make use of automated systems) -- or that the actual railways themselves are not physically compatible with new technology, and a region is unwilling to do a wholesale replacement.
My mind is thinking this is an 'early adopter paradox', and that I might have come across papers studying this, but I can't think of what the word or phrase or name for this would be.