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What is 5G and when will it come to the UK?

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What is 5G?

5G follows on from 2G, 3G and 4G It’s the mobile phone network (the equivalent to broadband for your mobile).  5G is set to be a lot faster than 4G with higher capacity and lower response times. It’s also thought to be more reliable. Probably not as reliable as 6G but that’s because it doesn’t exist yet, but believe you me, when it does, itll be awesome…..not as awesome as 7G, 8G or 9G…..don’t even get me started on 100G…

I digress, It’s not just performance increase, 5G will open up a whole new set of uses like superfast mobile broadband with no need for land lines, super smart factories, car to car and car to infrastructure communication, driverless cars, holographic technology, the arrival of 5G phones and devices such as 5G TVs and remote/ distance health care for patients.

How does it work?

Much like other mobile phone networks, 5G networks use a system of mobile sites which divide areas into sectors and send encoded data through radio waves. Each mobile site must be connected to a network backbone, whether through a wired or wireless backhaul connection.


5G is expected to be able to reach speeds in excess of 1Gb/s (1000Mbit/s) in its conception Eventually (according to experts it will be able to hit speeds of 10Gb/s (10000Mbit/s). To put that in perspective, that’s 100 times faster than standard 4G.

When does it come to the UK?

5G started rolling out in the UK on May 30th 2019 but will really start to kick off in 2020.  We will most likely have to wait until 2022 until most of the UK has good 5G. In order to use the new network, you would need to have a compatible device such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the Huawei Mate X, the Xiaomi 5G Mi MIX 3, Oppo Reno 5G, and the LG V50 ThinQ show off their 5G capabilities, and plenty more are on the way.

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