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18th February 2019

With many locations across the UK still waiting for 4G coverage, you may wonder why people are getting so excited about the impending launch of 5G.

What is 5G?

You would be forgiven for thinking that all there is to know is that 4G is faster than 3G and 5G will be faster than 4G. This is true, 5G will be exponentially faster than 4G but there is more to 5G than just speed.

The advances of 3G and 4G

  • 3G created the ability to browse web pages, make video calls and download music and video on the move.
  • 4G improved the speed of such activities, reduced latency and provided a platform for improved voice calls.

The concept of 5G is all about what it will allow through innovative developments in mobile technology.

O2’s Chief Operating Officer, Derek McManus, explained the potential of 5G being “about building connectivity into the fabric of our society, creating an integrated infrastructure that will connect buildings, transport and utilities.”

Making claims such as “I’m convinced 5G is going to have a bigger impact on the way we live than any new technology we’ve seen since the introduction of electricity.”

If his claims are to be believed, it’s certainly something to be excited about!

What will 5G mean for mobile?

The new Samsung Galaxy S10 is set to be announced this Wednesday, 20th Feb, and is rumoured to be the first 5G capable device.

With vastly improved mobile internet speeds, it is likely that 4K video streaming and video calls will also be introduced.

However, it may be some time before everyone can access 5G.

Some factors to consider include:

  • The infrastructure for 5G will have to be in place, something that will take time to implement
  • You will then need to have a 5G compatible device
  • You will need to ensure you are on a 5G compatible tariff

Following the launch of 5G, we only need to think back to how long it took for 4G to reach its potential to understand that change won’t happen overnight.

Will 5G perform better than my Broadband?

The implementation of 5G will again raise the concept of wireless broadband. With the expected high bandwidth and low latency of 5G, it sounds more than possible that it would act successfully as a wireless broadband solution. However, again, the issue in the first instance will be the lack of infrastructure and therefore lack of reach.

The biggest developments are expected to be seen in the IoT (Internet of Things) category. An area that most of us currently know little about but one that has the potential to transform life as we know it today.

Keep an eye out for our next blog where we will talk you through IoT, explain where its developments are being seen already, and what we can expect for the future.

In the meantime, take a look at our recent blog on ways to monitor your data usage

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