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What is 5G?

What is 5G and why is it so important

In this article we will explain to you everything worth knowing about 5G the fast mobile network of the future. 5G is the successor of 4G networks and promises to deliver faster internet on your mobile phone. This new mobile technology will be exciting and is beneficial for consumers and businesses.

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks. It follows previous mobile generations the latest on being 4G. 5G is set to be far faster and more reliable with greater capacity and lower response times.

5G network will have an extremely high speed. Much faster than your wireless network at home and about 50 times faster than the current 4G network. Tests achieved speeds of up to 1 terabyte per second. But it’s not just about the high speed. With 5G new applications can be developed that can have a huge impact for example operating patients remotely via a video connection or better security of premises or fleet due to better reliability and speed.

In addition the latency (the delay between sender and receiver) is much lower with 5G networks. You notice this especially when you play a game, use virtual reality or try to operate a PC remotely. The latency of a 4G network is tens of milliseconds but decreases to 5 milliseconds at 5G.

The above is the general understanding of 5G. Because the exact specifications have not yet been established there is now a wide variety of techniques and frequencies called 5G. To make it even more confusing: a faster version of the current 4G will also be called 5G. This is a difference from 2G, 3G and 4G where there was a clear distinction between masts and frequencies. Unlike those previous generations of mobile networks 5G is unlikely to be defined by any single form of technology. The 5G network is the so called network of networks for the way it will combine multiple existing and future standards including current advanced LTE 4G networks.

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Why is 5G required?

Mobile data traffic will rise sharply in the coming years. In 2020 there will be an estimated thirty times more mobile internet traffic compared to 2010. The way how the data is used is also changing. More and more devices are communicating via the internet such as traffic lights, refrigerators and security cameras. Also more and more machines can be operated remotely or sensors that transmit data without human intervention. This means that more capacity is needed and more speed. It ensures that you can effortlessly stream high quality 4K videos but it also ensures that you are finished downloading faster releasing the connection to other devices.

When will 5G become available?

5G will be launched in the UK during 2019 by the four main mobile network operators. The precise dates have so far not been confirmed but three of the four operators have confirmed their launch locations. Check with your provider about 5G and when it will be available for you. However broad availability of 5G whereby most consumers can access it is still several years away. Other countries have already started to roll out 5G like USA and South Korea.

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