5G refers to fifth generation mobile networks and is the latest innovation in internet access. It will replace 4G and again like its predecessor revolutionize the way we access the internet on our web enabled devices be it smartphones, PCs and laptops and tablets.
So, what is all the buzz about 5G and why is it set to become so popular in the UK? Here we aim to look into these questions as well as other factors that will keep our focus on 5G in the near future.
The internet speeds with 5G are expected to be five times faster. While on paper the 4G speeds are up to 1Gbps, what is actually experienced by regular users are speeds averaging 20 Mbps. With up to 20 Gbps, 5G will boast mind blowing connectivity but what will actually be experienced on the ground may be far less.
Mobile manufacture Huawei recently partnered with Domoco Networks on a trial run of 5G internet with customers and speeds of up to 3.6Gbps were achieved. That by anyone’s standards is fast.
As fast as 5G is expected to be will it then be affected by the same issues as the 4G and 3G networks? The answer to that question is a simple yes. Wi-fi networks interference and tall buildings in high density areas will more than likely be something to contend with.
When Is 5G Expected in the UK?
It is expected that the 5G will be launched in 2020 in the UK and as was with 4G it may initially be available in major cities such as London and Birmingham before being distributed to the rest of the country.
Major networks such as Vodafone, BT and Virgin Media are expected to bid for the platform that will host the 5G network at a later date in 2017.
Which network provider will be the first to launch 5G is a matter of speculation with quite a number thinking that EE will likely be the first as it did with the early launching of 4G. While competing networks complained that EE was given a major business edge by being the first to launch well ahead of its rivals, it’s still possible that this time providers such as Vodafone may be the first having started trailing 5G in 2016.
An interesting point to note is that current model smartphones are not compatible with 5G technology and the latest phones that are expected to be compatible with this technology are expected in 2020.
What New Features Can You Expect With 5G
As with the functions you are used to with 3G and 4G, you can browse the web, send emails and stream music and videos on the internet with 5G but the upside is that you will be able to do so at much faster speeds.
Theoretically, with the 20 Gbps speeds of 5G you could download an UltraHD movie within a few seconds. Even with the speeds observed at the trial run of 3.6 Gbps, you will be able to stream UltraHD movies online without worrying about any interruptions.
Samsung recently showcased its 5G router at the Mobile World Congress which managed speeds of 4Gbps.
Even with the concept of “the Internet of things” which basically means the development of devices such as fridges and cars that are able to access the internet, the surge in such technologically advanced daily utilities will not overload the web enough to affect your speed of accessing the internet as 5G can handle the surge.
As far as costs go, 4G was more expensive compared to 3G so we can expect 5G to be more expensive. Exactly how much it will cost is again a matter of speculation but its Launch will likely push the prices for 4G down putting 5G within range of ordinary citizens.