What is 5G?
5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering over 10X faster and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices when the device is in close proximity to the mobile mast.
Combining cutting-edge low latency network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster, with average download speeds of around 1GB per second.
The networks will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things (IOT) technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data, allowing for a smarter and more connected world.
5G networks are already starting to appear and are expected to launch across the world by 2020, working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide speedier connections that stay online no matter where you are.
5G in the UK?
5G coverage is patchy and you’d have to move around UK cities various 5G masts to get this top speed of 1GBps.
5G in London, UK is more of a mixed bag, with speeds expected to range from 200Mbps to 550Mbps – still much quicker than 4G.
EE was the first UK carrier to launch its 5G network, switching it on in six cities on 30 May 2019. It has promised to bring 5G to 10 further cities by the end of 2019. EE was followed by Vodafone on 3 July 2019, when it launched 5G in seven cities, rolling out to a further eight towns and cities on July 17.
Next up was Three, which launched a 5G service in London on 19 August, however, there’s a catch – it’s initially only available for home broadband. However, it will be coming to mobile later this year, as well as to 24 more towns and cities.
O2 meanwhile is the only major UK network not to have any sort of 5G service yet, but it plans to roll 5G out in October.
What 5G phones are available?
A number of 5G phone announcements have been made in 2019, however only a handful are currently available, and the choice is further limited by country and carrier.
In the UK, you can currently get hold of six 5G phones; the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G & Note 10 Plus 5G, Oppo Reno 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G.
How fast is 5G?
5G speeds will vary between locations, countries, carriers and devices, but on the whole the average internet speed you can expect should be much greater than what’s currently offered on 4G.
Nazrul Hoque – 01 October 2019