Everything you need to know about 5G

5G has been a hot topic in the tech world and has finally gone live in the UK. Many people are still unaware of what exactly this is and how it is going to significantly change our technology. We’ve addressed the basics of this new advanced network to clear up what exactly fifth-generation wireless is.

Last updated: 30th Aug 2019 at 9:50am

What is 5G?

Mobile networks are always looking to improve the service they provide and make data speeds even faster. 5G is the fifth generation of mobile phone connectivity, which will eventually become the connection of choice, just as 4G today is preferable to 3G. We don’t really need to understand the technology behind 5G and instead, we only need to appreciate that it will be faster, connect more people at one time and handle larger volumes of data, than 4G.

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5G promises 10 to 20 times faster download speeds than what we currently have now. 5G will achieve this goal by using very high or very low frequencies, that are currently not being used by other technologies. New antennas (base stations) consume 90% less electricity than current 4G stations; which is fantastic news for the environment.

Has 5G been launched?

5G has already started to launch in the UK by several Network providers including EE who introduced 5G in May in six main cities. For the majority of countries, it will be 2020 before 5G arrives and it probably won’t become widespread until 2022.

The biggest challenge for mobile phone networks is achieving a financial balance. For 5G to be viable, the cost of providing high volumes of data needs to decrease at the same rate that the demand for data increases.

Whilst many Network providers are still yet to roll out 5G, including ourselves, we still have amazing SIM only deals for great value. Take a look at our bundle deals here.

What is 5G used for?

5G allows you to do the following:

  • Download a standard definition TV show in one second
  • Download a Full HD movie in as little as four seconds
  • Video calling quality will improve
  • Mobile gamers will enjoy instant gameplay; similar to that on PlayStation
  • Form the framework for smart cities that use smart lighting, autonomous vehicles
  • Enable Smartphone virtual reality and augmented reality through smart glasses

How is 5G different from 4G?

5G has been introduced to offer a smarter, faster and more efficient service than 4G. This will bring faster upload and download speeds, compared to 4G. The new antennas will have a high capacity, which is good for city centres were population density is at its highest. Internet connections will be more stable because 5G makes better use of the available radio spectrum.

5G will also be able to connect more devices to the internet simultaneously. It is currently projected to be capable of connecting to 1,000 more devices than 4G, per square metre, making networks faster than ever before. With speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G is set to be as much as 100 times faster than 4G.

Which phones will support 5G?

There are several 5G phones available in the UK with more expected to be introduced throughout this year. If you’re looking to upgrade, you will need to upgrade to a 5G compatible phone only.

The current handsets compatible with 5G so far are:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • LG V50 ThinQ
  • Huawei Mate 20 X
  • Oppo Reno
  • Xiomi Mi Mix 3

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