The arrival of 5G has been a long time coming, with its creation and release taking almost a decade. Promising to deliver the fastest internet speeds and connectivity yet, we’ll tell you everything you could ever need to know about 5G. From its benefits to official rollout date, this guide has you covered.
What is 5G?
So, what exactly is 5G? Well, 5G is the fifth generation of mobile broadband, promising super-fast speeds and connectivity. It will replace the current 4G connection that most smartphones use at the moment.
What are the benefits of 5G?
5G is expected to deliver a host of benefits, but ultimately, it will have better signal strength, connectivity, speeds and range than its 4G predecessor.
The main benefit of 5G is increased speed. 5G is expected to reach speeds of 1GB per second comfortably, with capabilities of reaching 10GB per seconds in the future – that’s 100 times faster than standard 4G. All in all, this means your 5G smartphone will work faster than ever before.
5G will also have greater capacity than its predecessors. All wireless mobile connections transfer data over radio waves, and while 4G can only operate using lower frequency bands, 5G will use 3 higher frequency spectrum bands. This means that 5G will have more capacity for data, improving speeds at the same time.
What’s more, 4G radio waves emit in all different directions, whilst 5G’s radio waves emit more linearly. This means 5G phone users shouldn’t experience as much signal blockage or interference than 4G users, contributing to a stronger and more reliable connection.
Ultimately, you’re bound to notice a real improvement in your mobile use when using 5G.
When will 5G rollout in the UK?
Although 5G has already been rolled out in America, it hasn’t yet launched in the UK - but it is coming very soon. The four big networks, EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone have set plans for launching 5G, and they’re coming this year.
Vodafone is currently the only UK network to have a solid launch date for 5G in place, and this is 3rd July 2019. The service will be rolled out on this date in seven major UK cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London – with plans later on in the year to continue rolling out in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
O2 and EE are both set to launch their 5G offering in the summer, initially rolling it out in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and London. EE will also add Birmingham and Manchester to this list.
O2 has yet to confirm an approximate time when they will be rolling out 5G, but it is expected sometime later this year.
What does this mean for my current phone?
Currently, there are very limited phones in the UK that support 5G, and unless you have bought 5G compatible smartphone in the last few months, chances are your current handset will only be designed to use 4G.
So, what smartphones are compatible for 5G?
Samsung released its 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G earlier this year, while the OnePlus 7 5G, Huawei Mate X and Oppo Reno 5G are all compatible with a 5G connection. We can also expect to see plenty of 5G phones popping up throughout this year and into the future too.
So, if you’re looking to get your hands on the 5G network, you’ll need to buy a compatible smartphone. Check out our great deals on these, and all other handsets, here.