he superfast “fifth generation 5G” mobile internet is currently being trialled in cities across the UK. Promising downloads speed 100 times faster than 4G, 5G could bring an end to fixed home broadband.
What is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation of mobile communication tech and the successor to 4G. 5G promises to deliver lightning fast internet speeds similar to those offered by some home broadband connections. With the superfast network, your downloads and uploads will happen in seconds and buffering while streaming will be a thing of the past.
In the UK mobile networks including Three, Vodafone, EE, BT Mobile and O2 are currently offering 5G. The latest generation of cellular mobile communications is currently available in London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry Bristol, Edinburgh, and Belfast.
How Can You Use 5G As Home Broadband?
Using 5G can be done in three simple ways.
- You can buy a mobile broadband hotspot device. This gadget could be a portable router or a dongle you plug into your laptop. Already, Huawei and EE have developed a 5G router.
- Another option would be to use a router from companies such as Relish that provide wireless broadband.
- Lastly, you could use your 5G enabled phone. If you have a 5G mobile plan you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot which other devices can connect to.
Why Use 5G Home Broadband?
1: Faster and more reliable internet
4G has maximum speeds of 100 Mbps (megabits per second). 5G is expected to have a maximum speed of 10 Gbps(gigabits per second). That means 5G is 100 times faster than 4G. With such speeds, the 5G powered mega network will overtake even the fastest wired broadband connections.
“When 5G networks are operating, Britons can expect higher speeds and better reliability. We have an ambition to connect our customers to 5G or wi-fi 100% of the time,” stated Marc Allera, head of the consumer division at EE in a statement.
2: Quick connection
Connecting to 5G will be as instant as sliding a new sim card into your phone. You’ll no longer be stuck waiting in line for the local broadband engineer to pop around to your house to hook you up. Cables are going to join the dinosaurs on the big extinction pile. And it’s all thanks to 5G. By simply using your phone, or a plug and play wireless device, you’ll be good to go.
3: Reduced internet cost
A report by consulting company Ovum stated that households could save £240 a year with 5G home broadband. Talking about the report, Three Chief Exec Dave Dyson said
“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.”
Cost of 5G
I don’t know how much 5G will cost. But, with a sprinkle of 4G price manipulation and a spy at 3G to 4G price differences, I can speculate. If only a little.
In the US Verizon is rolling out 5G in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. To connect to the fifth generation of cellular networking, existing Verizon Wireless customers pay $50 a month. Non-Verizon customers pay an extra $20 to make it $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. £40 to £55 is just about the price range charged by UK mobile networks when they rolled out 4G in 2012.
EE, which was the first mobile company to offer 4G, had bundles starting from £36 per month for 500MB going all the way up to an 8GB plan at £56. During the launch of 5G, you should expect to pay more than your currently paying for your 4G Bundles. Prices, however, should come down within a year, as adoption increases, to what you currently pay or less.
That is exactly what happened with 4G prices. Within nine months after launching 4G, EE reduced prices with their cheapest bundle dropping from £ 36 to £21 a month.
If you’re tired of your slow and unreliable home broadband connection, 5G could be just what you have been looking for. The service is expected to be launched by 2020 and hopefully, it will live up to all its hype.