What is 5G?
5G is the ‘fifth generation’ mobile network which will supersede the current 4G network that we are all familiar with. 5G is a mobile network, allowing you to call, text and use data from your smartphone faster than ever. It is set to be much more reliable than 4G, with greater capacity and lower response times.
When will it be introduced?
5G is due to arrive in the UK in the middle of this year, with EE launching the network in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester, with a promise that a further ten cities will have 5G by the end of 2019. Rival networks Three, Vodafone and O2 have also confirmed that they plan to launch 5G before the end of 2019, however widespread 5G coverage isn’t expected to hit the UK until at least 2022.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be one of the first 5G phones available on any network in the UK, whilst one of Samsung’s biggest rivals, Apple, don’t have any plans to embrace 5G with their handsets until 2020! This is most likely due to 5G being in the early stages and not having much coverage around the UK within the first few years of its a release.
What will the benefits be?
The main benefit of 5G will be its speed, with expected speeds of up to 10Gbps. To put this into perspective, 4G speeds are up to 100Mbps per second (with 4G+ a little faster at 300Mbps). So 5G could be 100 times faster than standard 4G!
Another huge benefit will be the capacity. Currently the quality of your 4G connection is affected by number of other mobile device connections in the same immediate area as you. You may notice that if you are in a busy public area such as a concert venue for example, you will have a much weaker signal, due to the amount of people around you, all trying to connect to the 4G network. 5G plans to eliminate this problem, with the ability to scale intelligently according to each user’s specific data need, offering everyone a fast and stable connection, even in a crowded area.
With the increased speed and capacity delivered by 5G we can expect to see a rise in IOT (the ‘Internet of Things’) devices, such as smart doorbells, thermostats and fitness trackers. IOT over 5G will allow businesses to collect the data that is created and interpret it in a meaningful way, for example stock management in a retail store, or refrigeration and quality control in a supermarket.
5G will also provide a huge benefit for businesses, as the network is planning to allow companies to ‘rent’ their own slice of the 5G network that will be completely isolated from surrounding internet traffic, increasing reliability and therefore the production of staff.
Currently the below 5G enabled handsets are due to go on sale this year, and despite not yet being able to use the 5G capability in most places, they are set to cost significantly more than the average non-5G handset;
• Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
• Huawei Mate X
• LG V50 ThinQ
• Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
Overall, the prospect of 5G is extremely exciting, especially for businesses, and it seems that we won’t have to wait too long to get the first glimpse of 5G coverage. Watch this space and contact Delta 365 today on 08081 691 365 or via our contact us page if you have any questions or would like any further information on how we can help you and your business with your telecoms needs.