If you’re interested in mobile technology, you’ve probably noticed an increasing amount of noise around 5G.
The next generation in mobile internet connectivity is promising more speed, more connected services and more reliable connections but what does that really mean for your business?
To start, let’s take a look at what 5G encompasses.
5G stands for the fifth generation of mobile communications or wireless technology. It’s a natural evolution of mobile technologies, following on from:
Typically, you can mark the difference between Gs as the higher the G, the quicker the data transmission speed.
But there’s a little more to it with 5G.
From our current understanding, 5G is predicted to deliver:
While 4G runs on radio frequencies below 6GHz, 5G is likely to use much higher frequencies and shorter wavelengths, meaning support per square metre is increased, so the potential for greater, more comprehensive coverage is there too.
Faster, better download speeds should improve the quality and consistency of video conferencing and remote communication tools.
It should also mean faster, better and more consistent coverage for an increasingly-mobilised workforce.
What’s really interesting to think about is the impact 5G could have on communication in ways we’ve yet to conceive. It’s likely to drive new advancements in telecoms technology.
Qualcomm commissioned The 5G Economy report, stressing 5G as a driver of global GDP growth and predicting that by 2035:
EE announced a 5G live trial earlier this month, with high capacity zone testing in Canary Wharf where there are thousands of connected devices in use. This trial marks a big milestone in bringing 5G capability to the UK.
From a consumer perspective, 5G-ready smartphones are expected to hit the market in 2019 with Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC just a few of the providers who are aiming to bring out 5G-enabled devices.