The buzzword in mobile phones at the moment is 5G. The fifth generation of mobile internet technology is slowly but surely being rolled out across the UK and into the North West of England, bringing with it high-speed access to our data. In readiness for its arrival nationwide, Lake Technologies answers all your frequently asked questions about 5G.
What is 5G?
Essentially, 5G is the fifth generation of mobile internet technology. It promises to bring us faster download and upload speeds, broader coverage and more stable connections.
Why is 5G important?
The mobile industry predicts that 5G could be up to 100 times faster than 4G and 2,000 times more rapid than 3G. There’s no guarantee that these speeds will materialise but 5G will certainly be much faster than the technology most of us currently use. EE has even said its 5G coverage will offer a “near-instant connection.”
Where is 5G available now in the UK?
Although the UK was a distant 54th in the global race to launch 4G, we’re among the first countries to adopt 5G. It officially arrived on our shores at the end of May 2019 through EE and Vodafone. Since then Three and O2 have also launched their own 5G services.
Liverpool and Manchester were among the early adopters in the North West of England. The various networks plan to expand to Birkenhead, Bolton, Lancaster, Blackpool and Warrington. Full coverage is still a long way off though, with EE targeting 2022 for total 5G access on its network.
What 5G phones are available in the UK?
There are currently just a handful of mobile handsets available in the UK that support 5G and those are only worth investing in if you live in one of the aforementioned locations. EE and Vodafone offer 5G SIM only contracts in addition to a limited number of pay monthly contracts that include a handset.
Several models in the latest Samsung Galaxy range are 5G-ready, as well as the Huawei 20 X and OnePlus 7 Pro. TechRadar has written a detailed list of current 5G mobiles that also sheds some light on rumours surrounding the iPhone 12’s whispered 5G credentials.
What does 5G mean for business?
The next generation of mobile technology spells good news for remote workers. With more than half of all UK workers now spending at least 2.5 days a week away from their desk, 5G promises to make sharing large files over the cloud a much faster and more efficient process – even without access to Wi-Fi.
Industry experts also believe that 5G will expand the capabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) – connected web-enabled devices, basically – and enable device-to-device communications for up to a million devices per square kilometre. This could pave the way for driverless cars, Artificial Intelligence and robotic solutions.
Will 5G replace Wi-Fi?
Vodafone has claimed its 5G network will deliver faster download speeds than many of those currently offered by home broadband suppliers. This could well change our relationship with Wi-Fi and perhaps prompt some people and businesses to question whether they need to invest in both.
However, that’s a distant scenario. A likelier outcome, in the short-term at least, is that 5G and Wi-Fi will be used interchangeably – depending on what’s available at the time.
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