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What is 5G?

5G stands for Fifth Generation Mobile Network and is simply the latest version of mobile networks. Mobile networks are what allow you to get online as well as making calls and texts.

How is 5G different to 4G?

It is set to be a lot faster than 4G, up to 100 times faster, some sources have claimed, and provides further opportunities for using mobile data. For example, with 5G you’ll be able to download a full high definition film in a fraction of the time it would take using 4G.

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5G means no more buffering or waiting

The lower latency in 5G means that there will be very little delay when you’re using your devices. Therefore giving greater user experience but also assisting with the Internet of Things (IoT) and things like connected cars. There is also the opportunity for improving and enhancing smart devices.

Why so many versions?

As you can see below, each generation has brought more features as technology advanced.

IntroducedNameServices
80’sFirst GenerationVoice Only
90’s2G+ Text and Picture Messaging
Early Noughties3G+ Video and Mobile Data
20104G+ Improved video streaming and gaming

From a technical point of view there is still a lot of work to do to get ready for full 5G coverage but there is sure to be a lot of news on this from now on.  EE have claimed we could have a live network by the end of this year. However, it is worth noting you will need a new mobile handset to be able to use this latest generation.

It will be interesting to track the development of 5G across the country, as in Wales, the existing 4G coverage is lower than the majority of the UK. You can read the full details of the Which? and Opensignal review of 4G coverage here

Currently, some of our customers make use of a 4G Dongle that they can use if their main internet lines ever go down. Having a 5G offering would help minimise disruptions even further as it would more than handle the load. Having said that, if you prefer to stick with fixed line services, you can take a look at our offerings on our Communication page

Source and further information can be found here: https://5g.co.uk/guides/what-is-5g/