You’ve seen the media coverage; here’s our guide to 5G

The next generation of the mobile network is undeniably the next step in terms of connectivity. Despite it not yet being available to consumers, it’s a topic that has been discussed for many years with testing taking place on a regular basis. This is our little guide, providing Everything you need to know about the arrival of 5G

What is 5G?

5G (5th generation) will be the next standard of mobile network. It will be designed and introduced to deal with the increase of usage of mobile data across the globe, taking over the current 4G wireless system.                                    

How will it be different?

When we migrated to 4G from 3G it was mainly about improving speeds and giving users faster connection. However, the move to 5G won’t just be about keeping you connected on your mobile device, it will also be responsible for evolving wireless technology such as self-driving cars, drones, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.

It’s been said that the speeds of 5G will be faster than our traditional broadband connections and will even replace at-home broadband. In fact, the speeds of 5G could be the last move in terms of mobile data, removing the need to step over to ‘6G’ later down the line.

What progress is being made?

Back in November 2017, Frontier’s supplier EE (part of the BT Group) demonstrated 2.8Gbps download speeds across an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab. The breakthrough test, carried out in partnership with Huawei, linked the fully virtualised 5G core to the 64×64 Massive MIMO active antenna unit broadcasting 5G New Radio to deliver the ground-breaking speeds.

It was a major step forward for network function virtualisation (NFV) with fully virtualised 5G core network on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware in the EE lab.

When will it launch in the UK?

Although there is a lot of good progress being made, it’s unlikely we’ll see the arrival of 5G in the United Kingdom for some time. It’s no secret that the UK lags behind in the global ranking of internet connectivity. The country currently sits at 54th in the world, with Brits only being able to access 4G 53% of the time. In contrast, countries like South Korea have been considering the need for 5G deployment since 2008.

With the help of improved software and hardware, the global target for the launch of 5G is 2020, with it being estimated that there will be 24 million 5G subscribers by 2021. However, it’s thought that less than 10% of those will be in Europe. Back in the Autumn Statement in November 2017, Phillip Hammond promised a commitment to 5G and has dedicated £740m to be used on the development of the service. However, no launch date for it in the UK has been confirmed.

Broadly speaking, the main concern regarding 5G is to ensure that it works on a global scale. This need for compatibility is essential in making sure devices in one country work elsewhere in the world due to the difference of 5G spectrum bands.

At Frontier we are confident that with the help of our suppliers we will be able to provide and support this service to our mobile customers when the time should come. For more information on business mobiles please call 08000 92 62 32 or email marcoms@fvdata.co.uk.

 

Sources:

EE: http://newsroom.ee.co.uk/ee-showcases-end-to-end-5g-network-architecture-with-28gbps-speeds

Statistics: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/5g-rollout-uk-global

 

 

 

 

 

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