What is 5G and the Hype?
The UK’s impending upgrade to 5G mobile networks has been profoundly advertised. However, there are concerns about key aspects of the process from security to initial roll-out dates. Accurately, fair to say there’s been a lot of hype — but not much detail about the benefits.
What are the benefits of 5G Network? How easily accessible will it be? Most importantly, is it worth it?
The emergence of 5G Network:
As proclaimed, 5G is expected to launch in the UK sometime in 2019 and will become available to consumers who are interested in upgrading to 5G network. Currently, 5G is been piloted in testing mode in some locations in England and all hands on deck to make it fully available to the public by the end of May.
Recently, you may have seen EE network advertisement about 5G and undoubtedly EE is the first UK network currently offering some medium range 5G enabled Android phones on its database.
The principal significant difference for 5G users is speed. 5G is not susceptible to interruption from solid objects such as trees and absolutely deliver faster connections at the rate of speed of light. 5G comes with a dynamic set of frequencies which automatically enhances the speed rate as well. Hypothetically, 5G is said to have speeds of one gigabit per second rising to 10 Gbps. Ironically, in real time, in this universe, we have never hit such speed in our lifetime. However, if this means we could, then a movie that usually takes 10 minutes to download will now take approximately 1 minute on 5G Network. That is a statement!
Another advantage worth noticing is capacity: 5G is designed to facilitate super-fast fibre connection and best suited for the contemporary society we live, where data is so essential to our human existence and use of mobile phones is evolving daily. Perhaps, users may decide to insert a SIM card into their CCTV security system instead of connecting them wirelessly using the current methodology. Moreover, with the hype of emerging autonomous techs such as driverless cars, robots, and all other artificial intelligence that requires an enormous amount of data per seconds to positively impact our lives in the future, perhaps, 5G is the answer to tech giants questions to make all these materialised and accessible to all.
Due to enhanced speeds and immeasurable dependability, 5G is foreseen to reduce the need for traditional landlines and hard wired broadband in our homes. Lower latency will allow better and faster gaming, while advanced connectivity means uninterrupted internet.
Should You Upgrade?
Handsets from OnePlus, Oppo, and Samsung are already available. Wait a minute, don’t pull out your credit card just yet. 5G initially only launches in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Belfast, and even then, coverage is quite patchy.
EE will add another 10 cities to its service by the end of 2019: Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, Coventry, Leicester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Hull, Liverpool, and Newcastle will all benefit.
So if you use most of your time in one or more of these cities, it’ll be worth upgrading. Outside of them, you won’t get 5G, so you might be better off sticking with your 4G contract until the infrastructure is more accessible.