What you need to know about 5G

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What exactly is 5G?

Some of you might have heard about 5G in the news of by a geeky friend who knows the latest technology. This article is here to help you get up to speed and get clued up on what 5G is all about ahead of time.

5G or ‘fifth generation mobile networks’ is going to be the next release of mobile connectivity that’s going to provide significantly faster data connections. As well as that, it will have wider coverage, and more stable connections. This is the next generation of mobile network that enables you to make calls, texts and browse the internet. With each generation of mobile networks and 1G first introduced in the 1980’s, this allows you to make the most of the most demanding features of today’s mobile devices.

This will not allow you to any extra functions or features and is unlikely to be defined by any particular technology as a result, it’s likely going to be referred to as ‘the network of networks’. It will enhance many of the more demanding thing we do on our phone such as streaming video and online games. This is promising speeds of 10 to 20 times faster than the speeds we have now. So if you want to stream HD content from Netflix it will run much better then ever before.

What will 5G be for?

As well as helping you do all the same things you do now, just much better, it will also be for driverless cars. This shows how strong and reliable the network will be, imagine how it will be for you phone! It will be a great update for online gamers as there will be a lot less latency and glitches.

Will I notice a difference?

For most smartphone users who don’t stream HD content or play games, you might not notice this initially as it’s being rolled out. 5G is going to start off being used as a way to boost 4G signal strength on some networks. This will also depend a lot on where you live and how much your network provider has invested in 5G technology.

When is it launching?

Countries around the world are starting to get setup but most are unlikely to launch 5G until 2020. The countries that are in the forefront for this are Qatar, US, South Korea and China, which is experimenting 5G this year.

The USA and South Korea has also begun to roll out the technology but other other technologies as well as China. In the USA there are 5G Wi-Fi hotspots in some major cities late last year with plans for expansion.

The UK is rolling out 5G across major capital cities in the UK in this year including Birmingham and Manchester with a a further ten cities by the end of 2019.

Do I have to be in a urban area to get the full benefit?

Mobile network coverage is a common complaint in rural areas and with the emergence of Wi-Fi calling has resolved the issue for many users. Unfortunately it will help to be in a city at least for the initial period, as the technology is being setup in major cities around the UK.

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Business customer using s Smartphone device.
Will I need to buy a new Smartphone?

Yes, unfortunately as the market instructive has not been setup for it yet. Unless you have a Samsung S10 available on a a 5g phone on the EE network, Good news is that it’s the same again for everyone as it was with 4G and you probably we’re not feeling more left out than anyone else.

“EE customers enjoy the UK’s best mobile experience today, and as leaders in 5G and converged smart networks we’ll be going even further to keep them connected wherever they go. We’ll be launching 5G across 16 UK cities this year with leading partners such as Samsung to give our customers the very best experience – providing the fastest and most reliable connection when they need it the most.”

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division

As you can see EE is looking to lead the way on 5G technology if you are looking to be one of the first people to use this, you can purchase the Samsung S10 online. Three, Vodafone and O2 have also all now confirmed that they plan to launch 5G before the end of 2019. So this is an exciting time for mobile technology where smartphone will be more powerful and reliable than ever.

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