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5G is the fifth mobile network generation. It refers to what your phone can do when connecting to a network of data. 1G started in the 80s when mobile phones were simply used to make calls. 2G appeared in the 1990s, allowing you to send and receive text messages and pictures.
3G was introduced at the turn of the century, allowing you to connect to the internet on your phone. In 2012, 4G came to the UK. 4G does everything faster and smoother than 3G, making video calls, online gaming, content streaming and uploading rich content to social apps a much more reliable option.
Is 5G Better Than 4G?
Higher capacity is the main advantage 5G has over 4G, which in turn means faster speeds. Recall how revolutionary 4G appeared when it replaced 3G and how great it felt that it didn’t have to wait for what seemed like an eternity to load up a web page? The impact of 5G is likely to be even greater.
The fastest 4G networks can deliver up to 400Mbps (megabits per second) of download speeds. 5G breaks the 1Gbps barrier (the ‘ Gb ‘ is an incredible 1000Mbps gigabit). And it could reach 10Gbps in the years to come.
As 5G develops, it’s going to be much faster. Improved latency, where 5G apps and devices work almost instantly, means no noticeable delay in loading web pages and videos, playing high-resolution games, and launching apps.
The advantages of having such a small delay extend far beyond your phone as well. We’re talking about life-changing technology in the future that could be running on a 5G network, like deliveries of drones and self-driving cars.
That’s all to come, but your smartphone will see the immediate benefits of 5G. 5G’s enhanced capacity means you can connect quickly to the network even when you’re in a crowd, at a music festival, or on a busy train.
How Does It Work?
Whether you make a call, send a text or connect to the internet, all wireless communications occur over radio frequencies. 5 G uses largely higher frequencies than 4 G–and these frequencies are faster and more information can be transmitted. 5G will also support the simultaneous use of more devices–or Smart Things.
It is also possible to ‘slice’ a 5G network, for instance, one part of the network can be used for internet-connecting phones and another part can be used for self-driving cars.
The radio frequencies are known as spectrum and only a certain amount of it is available, so the government has auctioned off the spectrum to bid on operators such as EE, Vodafone, O2 and 3 (Three).
What Does 5G Look Like?
The most noticeable advantage of using 5G for most of us, and certainly to start with, will be speed – faultless streaming, less lag in busy areas, and a much more consistent and reliable overall mobile experience. Downloads are going to be quicker. Video streams are going to start faster.
Only time will tell what 5G can do, but some big plans are already in place. As the technology evolves further, for navigation and control purposes, expect to see self-driving cars and delivery drones using an ever-on and immediate 5G network.
Sounds Fantastic! When Will We Get 5G In The UK?
In 2019, 5G trials are taking place in six cities: London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester and Birmingham. Also next year, ten other cities will see 5G coming: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
Will You Need a New Phone To Use 5G?
Yes, to connect to the new 5G network, you will need a 5G-capable smartphone. Here is a list of 5G supported network mobile phones: Like the
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
OnePlus 7 Or OnePlus 7T
Huawei Mate X
LG V50 THINQ
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
ZTE Axon 10 Pro
Sony 5G Prototype
Nokia 10 and
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