What’s happening with 5G?

Was there any better way to start off 2019 than with a showcase of the latest and greatest technology?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with CES, it is “The Global Stage for Innovation” (according to  https://www.ces.tech/ ). Though many would see this as simply another marketing gimmick and an absurd hyperbole, I would say that it is fairly accurate. This is because CES is where every company, big or small, comes to showcase their newest innovations. In this blog, I want to explore one which I believe will have the greatest improvement in our life’s: 5G mobile technology.

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5G has been mostly overshadowed by a lot of controversies in terms of Huawei and the US government but I want to stick to the technology itself…

I remember hearing about 5G a couple of years ago and how it was projected for 2020 but it was nothing more than experimental technology which had a long way before it would be able to revolutionise the mobile network industry. Nevertheless, here we are, in 2019 (a year early!), with phones that are now capable of utilising this great technology, but what even is 5G?

Well, 5G is exactly what 4G was to 3G, a newer and faster way of transmitting data on mobile technologies. The reason why I use the term “mobile technologies” is that I am not only talking about your phone…

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“Adding 5G […] will increase reliability, increase speeds,” says Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division

Yes, it will be great that your cat video on YouTube will load faster, but 5G will allow us to move forward in fields such as VR and Autonomous Vehicles. This is thanks to it having a high-frequency band of the wireless spectrum (between 30 GHz and 300 GHz).

All of this does mean that you kind of have to buy a new phone to take advantage of 5G and even though EE is planning to launch 5G in major cities across the UK, many of you still have some waiting to do…

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