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.
The first 5G networks will go live in the US later this year, serving up fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband to a number of major cities. The first 5G smartphones are set to arrive in 2019, with further deployments in Asia and Europe. The UK will see its first commercial service launch either in 2019 or 2020.
5G technology is expected to officially launch across the world by 2020
- The US, China and South Korea are expected to be some of the first nations to install full 5G networks, with others including the UK not far behind
- Many companies are busy making sure their networks and devices are '5G ready' in time for 2020, meaning some networks may launch before then