What is 5G ‘fifth generation’ mobile?’

5G is finally here and with speeds of around 1GBps it promises to take our mobile experience to the next level, whether you want to download a movie or play the latest mobile games, 5G will allow us to do so with faster speeds for downloading and better quality for gaming.

What is 5G?

5G is the ‘’fifth generation’’ wireless internet network. It is the latest release in mobile internet following on from the previous versions, 2G, 3G and 4G and will be up to 20 times faster than the average 4G coverage. Networks will have to adhere to certain standards in order to make the move from 3G.

Requirements for the networks

  • 1-10Gbps connections to end points in the field
  • 1-millisecond latency
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  •  Up to 100x number of connected devices
  • Availability to be 99.999%
  • 100% Coverage
  • A 90% reduction in network energy usage
  • Up to 10-year battery life for low power machine device

What are the most important benefits of 5G?

Faster speeds than ever before and better quality

Whether you use your mobile for reading news articles or downloading and watching movies, you will notice a huge difference in the speed compared to the previous 4G speeds. 5G promises instant internet access without delay. And for those of you downloading movies, you can expect a 2.5 hour movie to be downloaded in 3.6 seconds, compare this to the 3-minute average from 4G coverage, and you can get a sense of how quick 5G will be.

Higher capacity for busier areas

One of the biggest issues we find ourselves in when in built up areas such as festivals and concerts is the lack of capacity to cope with such large numbers accessing the internet at the same time. 5G promises to have overcome this problem with higher frequency with larger bandwidths than 4G. (bandwidth refers to the amount of data that can be moved through a network at one time.) 5G will allow us access to peak speeds within these built up areas.

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