20th June 2019

The evolution of mobile generations: everything you need to know about 5G

Summary

It's been quite a journey....we no longer have to hunt down spare change for public phone boxes or deal with tangled dial up phone cords!

5G is set to be up to 100 times faster than 4G. Lower ‘latency’ (the gap between data being sent and received) means that applications that require real-time exchange of information are now possible.

Did you know, the first ever mobile phone call was made in Britain on 1st January 1985? We’ve come a long way since then…

The first ‘G’

The first ever ‘G’ – 1G, placed truly portable, genuinely mobile, communication devices into the hands of the consumer for the first time, meaning we no longer had to hunt down spare change for public phone boxes or deal with tangled dial up phone cords!

High prices, huge phones and a perception as a ‘yuppy toy’ in the 80’s meant 1G networks were not as popular as maybe as they could have been. But it is the most important step in the evolution of mobile generations – which we can’t live without today!

How mobile generations have progressed
Over the last 35 years we’ve progressed from 1G,  right through to 5G, bringing smaller, cheaper designs, text and picture messages, mobile internet, emails, social media, reliable data connections, TV/music streaming and location services, allowing us to use maps and get live news and traffic information.

What you need to know about 5G

It seems like 5G has been dominating the news for months, but do you know what it actually is and how it differs from its predecessors? We’ve put together some handy information below.

When was 5G launched?

EE rolled out the first 5G networks in six cities across the UK earlier this month. However, the rest of the UK will have to wait until the end of 2019, or 2020 to receive 5G.

What is 5G?

The latest, greatest enhancement to mobile data connectivity.

5G is set to be up to 100 times faster than 4G. Lower ‘latency’ (the gap between data being sent and received) means that applications that require real-time exchange of information are now possible. Think driverless cars connecting to cloud-computing power and road-side sensors. Or remote ‘telesurgery’ where the smallest margin is critical. How about streaming 4K video instantly without any buffering?

How has it advanced from 4G?

The technical abilities of mobile communication including speed and capacity have all been enhanced massively. 5G networks are also ‘intelligent’ enabling them to ‘tailor’ the service they are providing to each device connected to it to ensure the best experience, while being more efficient than previous networks.

As a leading provider of mobile telecoms, cloud telephony and unified communications solutions to businesses nationwide, we are committed to continually developing our own digital expertise to support Clients’ needs.

If you have any questions about 5G, why not give us a call on 01244 305 100.

 

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