Things You Need to Know About Superfast 5G
It’s coming, and it could revolutionise the way we work and live.
With the first 5G-ready smartphones due to be released early next year, we really are just around the corner from the phenomenon of superfast phone streaming and device connectivity. Network providers have confirmed that the West Midlands will get a huge £75 million of public funding to develop and trial run 5G.
The idea is that our phones will be able to handle a vast amount of data and work at broadband level speeds. What’s more, they will be able to connect to a large number of devices at much higher speeds than is currently possible with 4G, too. If we take a look at the figures, it’s easy to see the difference: current 4G download speeds max out at around 50 megabits per second (and in reality usually have speeds much lower than this), while 5G networks have been demonstrated to run at up more than 100 times that speed.
As well as having download and streaming benefits, this speed means we will be able to connect up many more devices which belong to the Internet of Things within smart cities and buildings. The concept of the Internet of Things was explored at the O2’s Blue Door Conference when we attended recently. The idea is that devices which can be connected to the internet within a private connection can communicate data and information to each other. Appliances like a fridge, for example, could track food consumption and usage, and feed this to a tablet which may remind its user to purchase certain foods.
Thanks to 5G, smart fridges are just around the corner.
And here’s one for the naysayers: in the West Midlands, 5G trials are expected to improve police response time, because CCTV footage can be directly fed to authorities much faster than before. So, while 5G will improve our app download and streaming speeds, it’s not all just fun and games. This service has the potential to boost business, optimise productivity, and improve society.