What does 5G mean for you in your day-to-day life?

What should you expect from 5G?

5th Generation (5G) is the new age of internet mobile connectivity,  which means greater opportunities for faster than ever internet speeds, with expected average speeds for downloads to be an incredible 1GBps, but what does all this mean for your day-to-day use of connectivity?

Well, it means that it will be easier and faster than ever to upload or download data; that the time it takes for internet connected services to respond to you is quicker and that more people than ever will be able to get a connection in a single location – even if it’s crowded, making it an ideal solution for those who frequently travel or attend events. 

But can this really be achieved? 

Across the UK, the infrastructure for 5G is being put into place, with Vodafone already being able to offer 5G to select cities (Lincoln, Grimsby and Grantham to name a few), which means that for the first time we are getting a window into a world with 5th Generation connectivity. 

5G can help to make the transmission of data even faster, which means that you can watch that video, download that file, keep updated with the latest information online – even faster. Due to 5G’s ability to effectively communicate with wireless devices at nearly 20x the speed that 4G LTE could, life with technology is going to become even easier and efficient. 

With the introduction of 5G networks, you can expect internet speeds that are significantly faster than current systems (some have even reported up to 100x quicker than what 4G LTE was able to provide) meaning that it’s easier than ever for you to stay connected.

But the introduction of 5G isn’t all just about speeds faster than we’ve experienced before, as was the transformation between 3G to 4G. It stretches into the new ability to improve reach and receptivity as we enter new ages of technological development – whether it be introducing IoT into our homes or emerging ourselves in virtual reality. 

Benefits Of Using 5G

If 5G really can provide all that it promises, then this means we’re facing a whole new world of opportunity when it comes to implementing new technology and there are 3 key benefits of these developments:

  1. Smoother User Experience – With 5G, lag can be severely reduced, meaning that virtual reality experiences are able to respond even better allowing for a more seamless and uninterrupted experience. 
  2. Less Risk Of Losing Signal – These new networks will be able to support many more devices accessing it all at the same time (even in areas with high population density) – this means your risk of losing signal in crowded areas is slashed, and you also won’t have to deal with a drop in speed or quality of service either. 
  3. Better Than Ever Connectivity – With download speeds that can take a matter of seconds in comparison to what would take 4G minutes, 5G can introduce us into a world of virtually instant uploads and downloads. 


What Does The Widespread Introduction Of 5G Mean For YOUR Phone? 

If your device is 5G enabled, then no, there’s nothing that you need to do, as your phone will connect to 5G networks as they recognise them.

If your phone is not 5G enabled, then that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a new device immediately. The infrastructure for 5G is still underway, and even though it is becoming available in some areas across the UK, it’s unlikely the coverage will be sufficient to have a widespread impact as of yet, although it’s likely to become part of your next mobile upgrade.

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