5G is dubbed as the next mobile communications revolution. Many in the tech industry say 5G will herald new and quick advancements in self-driving cars, telemedicine, and virtual reality. In this article you’ll learn who’ll be offering 5G, when it’ll be available and how much it might end up costing you.
Do you know that soon you’ll be able to stream a 4K video on your phone or tablet without it lagging. Also, waiting to download an HD movie will be a thing of the past. Instead of waiting 10 minutes for your favourite film to trickle into your phone, it’ll gush down the new 5G mega pipeline, ready to watch instantly. With the introduction of 5G internet in the UK, consumption of content and communication will never be the same again.
What is 5G?
5G is short for fifth-generation mobile networks. Mobile networks refers to what we use to text, call and connect to the internet. 5G follows 4G, 3G, 2G, and first generation mobile networks. First generation networks were launched in the 1980s and were only used for making calls. Then, in the 90s, 2G opened the communication possibilities when text and picture messaging was introduced.
3G came later with video calling and mobile data. In 2012, 4G gave you faster internet speeds for video streaming, gaming etc. The new super fast 5g network is set to be far faster than all previous generations combined.
Now you know 5G will bring about the fastest internet connections ever let’s get into what you really want to know: how it will impact your internet experience.
This article will give all the information you need about that 5G speeds, 5G service providers, and when 5G will be available in your area.
- What advantages will 5G offer
- When and where will 5G be available
- What will you need to access 5G
- What is the pricing of 5G
What Advantages Will 5G Offer
Each generation of mobile networks has increased the speed and reliability of internet and cellular connections. 5G is set to take this speed and connection to another level. The next gen Network will bring:
5G will offer you faster download speeds for files, music, and videos. Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division says “ 5G will increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most.”(Link to quote is at the bottom) Take a look at the table below to get an idea of how fast 5G will be.
Download speeds aren’t only thing that’ll improve when you use 5G. Upload times will also significantly improve.
Because of 5G’s faster connection, lagging and buffering while streaming high definition videos or playing video games online will be a thing of the past. So you don’t have to worry about your head being blown off when playing Fortnight anymore as your movement will be registered almost immediately.
5G will allow more people to connect to mobile networks than 4G. Currently, if too many people connect to 4G in one small area, such as a football stadium, the internet service will be overwhelmed. 5G aims to address this problem by allowing a larger number of users to connect and communicate at the same time.
Reduced home broadband costs
When 5G is initially rolled out the cost may be higher than what you currently pay for your 4G home broadband. However, as more people get connected to 5G costs are expected to reduce.
Internet companies are also likely to give affordable rates to entice users to move from 4G to 5G. According to the BBC Business News website in the long run 5G could save you an estimated £240 per year if you ditch the fixed-line connection.
Chief executive officer at Three UK, Dave Dyson, says “5G gives our customers the opportunity to bin their fixed line, enjoy faster speeds and save money. Wireless home broadband means that we can speed up access to super-fast internet services at a lower cost, without installation delays or inflexible contracts.”
Faster internet, reduced home broadband cost, and reduced delays are some of the key things you will enjoy as a user of 5G. 5G is also expected to speed up and improve on remote surgery, development of smart cities with energy grids, traffic signals, and emergency services all being linked together via 5G to reduce inefficiencies.
When and Where Will 5G Be Available
I’m sure you are eager to give 5G a try. However, 5G is yet to be fully rolled out across the UK. Several mobile companies have started early trial runs in various cities around the The British Isles before 4G’s successor is available to the masses later in 2019.
Some of the cities where, EE, 3, Telefonica (which owns O2) and Vodafone are trying out 5G include London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry Bristol, Edinburgh, and Belfast.
5G is expected to reach nationwide coverage by 2027.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, sees the trial of 5G in his city as a good thing saying “I want London to be the world’s leading smart city and 5G expansion is at the heart of this ambition – it is good news for Londoners, innovation, and business.”
If you are in any of these cities get in touch with any of these companies to get connected to 5G.
What Will You Need to Access 5G
Your current phone will not be able to access 5G. That means you’ll have to get a new mobile device to access the service. 5G phones are not currently available in the UK. However, you should be able to buy one in the first quarter of 2019. Samsung, Huawei, and Apple are working on 5G phones and their next releases should have this capability.
The cost of a 5G phone is expected to hover in the region of £458-£534. However, phones from Samsung, Apple and Huawei will be more expensive.
Access to 5G will not only be via phone. You’ll be able to get access to the new superfast network by purchasing a ‘plug-and-play’ modem to use at home or the office.
The use of a 5G modem will eliminate the need to call an engineer out to set up your home broadband. Good news for anyone who’s had to wait weeks to have an engineer come fix their internet.
The Price of 5G
The price of connecting to 5G is yet to be determined.
But that won’t stop me speculating a little bit.
Recent research by Ericson found consumers are not prepared to pay much more than what they pay for 4G. Currently, you can connect to 4G broadband from about £10 a month for 2GB of data. This price goes up according to your usage.
In the US, Verizon is rolling out 5G in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. They are charging existing Verizon Wireless customers $50 a month. Whereas non-Verizon customers must pay $70 a month. Extrapolating from this American pricing, we get a figure in the region of £40 to £55 a month for 5G in the UK.
5G has been hyped up to the max. It’s set to revolutionize how we use the internet. Having now researched 5G’s capabilities, I find myself excited for the future. It’s no exaggeration that 5G is going to offer endless possibilities in our already connected world. Only time will tell whether it will live up to that hype.