What is 5G? Everything you need to know

What is 5G?

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before.

Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the norm.

The networks will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things technology, providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data, allowing for a smarter and more connected world.

With development well underway, 5G networks are expected to launch across the world by 2020, working alongside existing 3G and 4G technology to provide speedier connections that stay online no matter where you are.

5G – the latest news

20/07 – NETWORKSBarriers to 5G could stop UK being a global leaderBSG report identifies issues and resolutions…

18/07 – NETWORKSSouth Korea plans 2019 5G launch"Korea 5G Day" will see new networks introduced a year ahead of schedule…

10/07 – NETWORKSChina Mobile, Intel and Huawei complete 5G interoperability testingTests pave way for China Mobile 5G launch next year…

09/07 – NETWORKSSSE Enterprise Telecoms unbundles BT exchanges to boost broadband and Three 5GSSE Enterprise Telecoms doubles its reach…

03/07 – NETWORKSSamsung, Cisco and Orange hold multi-vendor 5G FWA trialFWA will deliver a fixed-like broadband experience when 5G launches…

29/06 – DEVICESOnePlus 7 could support 5G and be sold by US carriersBut don't expect it for a while…

28/06 – NETWORKS"World's first" 5G network launchesFinnish operator Elisa claims global first in launching a commercial 5G network…

27/06  - ANALYSISThe World Cup and 5G: the trials you need to know about5G will change how you watch football forever…

25/06 – NETWORKSUK 'needs shared spectrum' for 5GOfcom urged to rethink 5G spectrum auction to ensure fairer rollout…

20/06 – NETWORKSVodafone launches 5G trials in seven UK citiesVodafone to hold trials later this year with plans for a 2020 5G launch…

19/06 – NETWORKSMobile signal woes 'strengthens' business case for 5GOnly half of mobile users in the UK are happy with their speeds, but willing to pay more for faster service…

15/06 – NETWORKSFirst standalone 5G network standard approved3GPP finalizes 'Release 15' of 5G after three years of work, meaning networks are on the way this year…

14/06 – ANALYSISThree CEO: 5G capacity is a 'big opportunity' to lead UK marketDave Dyson says Three's spectrum holdings mean it could be the UK's 5G leader…

13/06 – NETWORKSVodafone: 5G smartphone uncertainty means focus on core network and IoTVodafone UK CTO says 5G will be a gamechanger, but smartphone innovation in the 4G era won't be matched…

12/06 – NETWORKS5G networks still set to arrive this yearEricsson report suggests Europe will fall behind US and Asia on 5G adoption…

11/06 – NETWORKS'First ever' UK 5G report paints rosy pictureUK's 5G ambitions rely heavily on startup and research community…

06/06 – ANALYSISEU telecoms rule changes will hinder rather than help 5G, claim industry Telecoms groups label the new EU code a "missed opportunity"…

06/06 – NETWORKS EE to switch on 'UK's first' 5G trial in LondonResidents and businesses in Tech City will get chance to try out 5G…

05/06 – PRODUCTS5G PCs coming from Intel and Sprint next yearUS telecoms giant Sprint has joined the race to bring 5G to the masses, announcing at Computex 2018 to start shipping Intel-powered 5G computers next year…

01/06 – ANALYSIS5G UK – How far away are we really?5G will deliver immediate benefits in 2019, but the true mobile revolution will take time…

25/05 – POLICYMobile industry 'shouldn't wait' for 5G to roll out small cellsSmall cells will be essential for delivering the 5G vision but industry warns there is no time too wait…

25/05 – POLICYNordic Prime Ministers reach agreement to support 5GJoint agreement is welcomed by Nokia, Ericsson and regional operators…

22/05 – NETWORKSQualcomm details 5G small cell platformQualcomm wants to help operators and network equipment manufacturers densify 5G networks…

18/05 – NETWORKSVerizon to bring 5G to Los Angeles in 2018Verizon says America's second largest city will be its next 5G location…

16/05 – NETWORKSMobile IoT networks to be a 'core component' of 5GGSMA says NB-IoT and LTE-M deployments are paving the way for massive IoT powered by 5G…

14/05 – NETWORKS5G and network convergence drives growth of carrier-grade Wi-Fi marketFixed and mobile operators look to densify network infrastructure…

08/05 – PRODUCTSWhy self-driving vehicles could be the biggest winner in a 5G worldTelefónica tells us why autonomous vehicles are set to be a key 5G use case…

08/05 – NETWORKSVerizon and Samsung get 5G regulatory boostVerizon and Samsung make major headway towards 5G…

03/05 – NETWORKSDeutsche Telekom holds live 5G NR trial in BerlinGerman operator says test will see how 5G NR behaves in real world…

02/05 – ANALYSISWhy T-Mobile and Sprint merger would give the US a 5G leadA truly national 5G network could ensure the US retains its advantage…

01/05 – NETWORKSThree futureproofs backend infrastructure for 5GThree and SSE Enterprise Telecoms deal with start with data centre connectivity…

30/04 – NETWORKST-Mobile and Sprint merger promises 5G progress in the USAmerica's third and fourth largest mobile operators are to merge…

18/04 – NETWORKSHuawei dampens 5G expectationsHuawei CEO says consumer might not notice the differences…

17/04 – NETWORKSChina has narrow lead over US in 5G raceGovernment support and industry momentum gives China slight advantage, report says…

16/04 – DEVICES5G anticipation set to slow smartphone salesManufacturers hope for 5G boost as worldwide smartphone demand slows…

13/04 – NETWORKSWhat does the Ofcom 5G auction mean for the UK mobile industry?The long-awaited auction is over, paving the way for 5G…so what next?

12/04 – NETWORKSVodafone hits major UK 5G milestoneVodafone is first UK operator to test 3.4GHz spectrum in preparation for 5G…

09/04 – NETWORKSEurope set be left behind in 5G raceUS and Asia will lead the way in 5G development, claims report…

05/04 – NETWORKSMobile networks fork out £1.4bn for 5G spectrumOfcom publishes the results of its 5G spectrum auction, revealing that the UK's biggest mobile network operators spent almost £1.4 billion…

28/03 – NETWORKS'World's first' 5G public trial switched on in AustraliaAustralian telco Telstra flips the switch on the world's first public trial of 5G at the Gold Coast…

28/03 – NETWORKS5G RuralFirst looks at smart farming, spectrum sharing and broadcastingGovernment funded project will use Cisco tech to help transform rural lives…

28/03 – POLICYUK5G group makes bid for global 5G leadershipGovernment and industry backed UK5G looks to establish UK 5G community…

27/03 – NETWORKSGSMA: 5G will be dominant mobile tech in USA by 2025Mobile industry body report shows US will be a 5G leader…

27/03 – NETWORKSTelefonica tests tech that could boost 5G broadbandTelefonica spectral efficiency trials hope to pave the way for better fixed wireless access (FWA)… 

23/03 – NETWORKS5G networks are now just a year awayKorea Telecom plans commercial 5G launch next March…

20/03 – NETWORKSUK 5G spectrum auction gets underwayFive bidders will battle it out for more of the UK's airwaves…

19/03 – NETWORKSUK university makes major 5G breakthroughUniversity of Kent-based iCIRRUS consortium says Ethernet equipment can help deliver 5G networks…

16/03 – NETWORKSO2 kickstarts the UK's 5G charm offensive to consumers5G hypetrain moves from industry into the mainstream…

15/03 – NETWORKSDigital minister pledges to eliminate barriers to 5G deploymentMargot James says she wants to work with mobile operators and local government on 5G…

14/03 – NETWORKSO2: 5G will save local councils and households £6bn a yearReport details how smart technologies powered by 5G can improve society…

12/03 – NETWORKSOfcom 5G spectrum auction will start next weekOfcom confirms that bidding for 5G frequencies will begin on 20 March…

12/03 – NETWORKSGovernment reveals £25m prize fund for UK 5G£25m competition will see 5G testbeds located across the UK…

11/03 – DEVICES5G a key factor to seamless VR experience, says Lenovo EMEA PresidentLenovo wants to create memorable experiences for its customers, but is that enough?

09/03 – NETWORKSOfcom plans new rural coverage obligations for 700MHz spectrumOfcom says 700MHz is an important opportunity to improve rural coverage as it plans for 5G future…

05/03 – NETWORKSEU Parliament and US Congress take steps to accelerate 5G legislationEU chambers reach provisional agreement while US Congress to vote on spectrum auction…

05/03 – DEVICESHTC CEO: 5G will turn any VR device into the most powerful in the worldCher Wang says the smartphone still has a role to play in VR…

03/03 – NETWORKSQualcomm hopes 5G vision will stand out from the hypeQualcomm's influence in the industry is significant, so its 5G roadmap is worth listening too…

02/03 – NETWORKSBT CEO: EE convergence even more important ahead of 5GGavin Patterson says BT never really left mobile and is preparing for converged network era…

28/02 – NETWORKSIntel and NTT DoCoMo prepare 5G plans for Tokyo 2020 OlympicsAfter success at PyeongChang 2018, Intel is stepping up plans for next Olympics…

27/02 – NETWORKSSatellite-supported UK 5G testbed will trial mission critical appsJuniper Networks and Satellite Applications Catapult say satellite cannot be ignored…

27/02 – MOBILEQualcomm looks to make it easier to make 5G phonesLaunch will help OEMs build 5G connectivity into more devices…

27/02 – NETWORKSOfcom confirms six bidders for 5G spectrumAll four mobile operators have been approved, with small cell operator and Hull fixed wireless firm joining…

27/02 – NETWORKSEricsson tells operators: 5G is readyEricsson has agreements with 38 operators around the world as 5G moves from idea to reality…

27/02 – PRODUCTSGet ready for a 5G Internet of the SkyDrones like the Ehang 184 will usher in a 5G-powered autonomous airspace…

26/02 – NETWORKSTelstra plans to ramp up 4G speeds in the lead up to its full 5G rolloutMajor cities in Australia to get increased bandwidth…

26/02 – NETWORKSCisco targets mobile operators with '5G Now'Cisco wants to help operators prepare for the next era of networks…

25/02 – MOBILEHuawei reveals 5G-ready modemTest beds for 5G networks will be launched this year, Huawei reveals…

23/02 – NETWORKSWhy PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics are a 5G milestoneAthletes are making history at the Winter Olympics, but it's an important event for 5G networks too…

22/02 – NETWORKSO2 reveals UK 5G test bedOperator will test 5G applications at iconic London venue later this year…

19/02 – NETWORKSVodafone and Huawei successfully test IP Microwave backhaul for 5GVodafone and Huawei achieve 2Gbps on IP microwave link, claiming it shows the tech is viable for 5G…

16/02 – NETWORKSWhy startups and research can make the UK a 5G leaderDoes the UK really need to be first to the mark or be an industry powerhouse to be a 5G leader?

16/02 – OPINIONNo time to waste now 5G legal challenges are overFor an industry keen to avoid a repeat of the 3G and 4G auctions, Three's failed appeal removes a barrier to 5G…

14/02 – MOBILEFiber-like internet and a glimpse of our 5G future are coming to smartphones in 2019Qualcomm's new mobile modem offering speeds of up to 2Gbps…

14/02 – NETWORKS5G spectrum auction to go ahead after Three's legal challenge failsThree's bid to decrease an overall spectrum cap falls on deaf ears and prevents further delay…

12/02 – NETWORKSChina Mobile plans 5G launch in 2019China Mobile joins a select few number of operators planning to beat original 2020 target…

08/02 – MOBILEThe first 5G smartphones are coming in 2019But you won't see 5G service everywhere by next year…

07/02 – MOBILE5G set to push mobile data use sky-highGiffgaff research estimates customers will use nearly 100GB of mobile data a month by 2025…

05/-2 – NETWORKSTelstra joins Optus on 5G bandwagon, also aiming for 2019 rolloutAustralian carrier Telstra will trial new tech during Commonwealth Games…

05/01 – NETWORKSAT&T set to run 5G trialsCompany to adopt new 3GPP guidelines as it continues push for next-generation networks…

04/01 – NETWORKSSamsung teams up with Verizon on 5GNew service to be launched in Sacramento later this year…

02/02 – NETWORKSOptus 5G network rollout set to begin in early 2019Australian telco Optus announces its plans for 5G rollout…

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What will 5G networks mean for me?

  • Faster download and upload speeds
  • Smoother streaming of online content 
  • Higher-quality voice and video calls 
  • More reliable mobile connections
  • Greater number of connected IoT devices 
  • An expansion of advanced technologies – including self-driving cars and smart cities

How fast will 5G be?

It’s still not exactly known how much faster 5G will be than 4G, as much of the technology is still under development.

That being said, the networks should provide a significant upgrade to current download and upload speeds – with the GSMA proposing minimum download speeds of around 1GBps.

Most estimates expect the average speed of 5G networks to reach 10Gb/s, and some even think transfer rates could reach a whopping 800Gb/s.

This would mean that users could download a full-length HD quality film in a matter of seconds, and that downloading and installing software upgrades would be completed much faster than today.

Will I be able to get 5G networks on my phone?

Existing smartphones, tablet or other devices that were released when 4G networks were the standard may not be able to connect to 5G to begin with, or may incur extra costs to do so. 

However following the 2020 deadline for the initial rollout, we should soon see devices coming with 5G connection as default.

Don't worry though – although 5G should represent a major step up from current 4G and 3G networks, the new technology won’t immediately replace its predecessor – at least, not to begin with.

Instead, 5G should link in with existing networks to ensure users never lose connection, with the older networks acting as back-up in areas not covered by the new 5G coverage.

So-called “4.5G” networks (also known as LTE-A) are set to fill the gap for the time being, offering connections that are faster than current 4G networks, although only certain countries such as South Korea can benefit from them right now.

Once launched however, implementing 5G may be a slower process. Much like the gradual takeover of 4G networks from the previous generation, existing network infrastructure may need to be upgraded or even replaced in order to deal with the new technology, and homes and businesses may also need to get new services installed.

It’s not yet known how 5G networks will take over from existing networks, but again, much like the rollout of 4G, you may not be able to immediately connect to the new networks without upgrading your technology.

What will a 5G network need?

The GSMA has outlined eight criteria for 5G networks, with a connection needing meet a majority of these in order to qualify as 5G:

  • 1-10Gbps connections to end points in the field (i.e. not theoretical maximum)
  • 1 millisecond end-to-end round trip delay (latency) 
  • 1000x bandwidth per unit area
  • 10-100x number of connected devices 
  • (Perception of) 99.999 per cent availability 
  • (Perception of) 100 per cent coverage
  • 90 per cent reduction in network energy usage 
  • Up to 10 year battery life for low power, machine-type devices 

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