With much fanfare, 5G finally has arrived. It’s still in the early stages of roll out but it is here, bringing with it the potential to completely transform tech. Here’s what you need to know to keep up.
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, following the previous networks 2G, 3G and 4G. However, 5G is different, it takes mobile connectivity and tech opportunities to a whole new level. Unlike the previous generations, it’s likely that 5G will be defined by much more than just one type of tech. As 5G will bridge many current and future standards it is often called ‘the network of networks’.
The benefits of 5G – more than just speed
5G is fast. Very fast indeed.
The headline benefit of 5G is of course speed with many experts estimating that it will reach speeds of 10Gbps when it is fully available. 5G is expected to travel 100 times faster than 4G, this means we could download a full HD movie in mere seconds, make perfect video calls and easily email large files on the go.
Much lower latency (the time it takes for a network to respond)
Latency refers to the time taken for a response to be received once a command has been sent. Where 4G can take 40-50 milliseconds for a response to be received, 5G has an expected latency of just 1 millisecond. This improvement alone will advance exciting new technology such as driverless cars and super advanced VR.
5G tech offers much greater capacity than 4G, meaning that networks will cope better with very high demand. This will allow consumers to upload and download data even at huge concerts or stadium sport events.
All of this is great news for business, 5G will allow workers to share files, stream live HD video and run cloud-based computing and software from anywhere at any time
What can we expect to see next?
The potential of 5G is nothing short of phenomenal, but we don’t expect to see the full benefits overnight. It will take time for a complete end-to-end 5G infrastructure to be completed, large-scale roll out is unlikely to take place until the early 2020s. Looking forward, it’s unclear when exactly UK businesses will fully benefit from the 5G network, but rest assured it’s coming. And it will transform the way businesses operate, opening up new ways to work and to serve customers.
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