The Basics of 5G - Your Questions Answered

The Basics of 5G - Your Questions Answered

Network, broadband and internet in any shape or form is a complex subject. So, when it comes to 5G, and our job of explaining it to you, it can be tough.

We have put together an article compiling a small handful of popular questions that have been answered by reputable sources, and I highly recommend you give this a read if you are interested in 5G!

So, without further ado...

Is 5G the future of home broadband?

Topics: UK, home broadband, decent signal, superfast broadband packages, fibre broadband speeds, difficult logistics, fastest networks, major operators

All the major operators have plans to get consumer services up and running before the end of 2019, and it's expected that 2020 will see huge growth for the technology.

5G has only just launched in the UK, but its speeds already outstrip the majority of home broadband connections. In fact, those speeds could even outpace some fibre broadband connections, with only top-end packages providing faster speeds (e.g. Virgin's Ultimate Oomph Bundle with average speeds of 516Mbps).

By the time 5G home broadband is readily available, it's likely that fibre broadband speeds will have increased as well, with the potential for 1Gbps broadband within our grasp.

What is 5G and when will it come to the UK? 5G networks explained

Topics: UK, Vodafone, Samsung, major smartphone manufacturers, successful demonstrations, G data connections, reduced latency, network availability

"5G dramatically changes what consumers can do on their phones and at home," says Kevin Hasley, head of product at RootMetrics, which collects mobile network performance information.

The new technology should also be able to support many more connections than 4G towers, without a drop in bandwidth. At launch, EE is supporting handsets from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Oppo.

All the major smartphone manufacturers are working on 5G devices, including Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Motorola, Huawei and more. As an increasing number of network operators start to support 5G and manufacturers release a greater number of phones, there'll be more choice.

What is 5G? A helpful illustrated Q&A

Topics: Sim, use case, mobile internet, Virtual, Ericsson, virtualized networks, previous technology, cellular broadband technology

Beyond speed improvement, 5G is expected to unleash a massive IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem where networks can serve communication needs for billions of connected devices, with the right trade-offs between speed, latency, and cost.

Unlike current IoT services that make performance trade-offs to get the best from current wireless technologies (3G, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, etc…), 5G networks will be designed to bring the level of performance needed for massive IoT.

Virtual networks (5G slicing) tailored to each use case 5G will be able to support all communication needs from low power Local Area Network (LAN) – like home networks for example, to Wide Area Networks (WAN), with the right latency/speed settings.

4G networks today use the USIM application to perform strong mutual authentication between the user and his/her connected device and the networks.