The fifth generation of mobile network connectivity, or 5G as it is more commonly known, is at the very height of its own hype cycle. In short, the newest ultra-wide network promises to provide wider mobile Internet coverage, along with faster data download and upload speeds.
Earlier predictions expected network providers to have 5G fully rolled out by the end of 2020, but big name providers, such as EE, have already launched in select cities across the UK, with other operators due to follow by the end of the year.
As the 5G switch-on comes into full effect around the world, global organizations and consumers are hopeful that the technology will provide multiple benefits. The current 4G network has already enabled the rise of connected IoT devices, but 5G promises a real step change in the capability of these devices to collect and transmit data, fuelling everything from the IoT, smart cities and autonomous vehicles, to truly immersive next-generation technologies.
In this guide we run through what industry analysts and experts are predicting around 5G deployment, we hear from Huawei and why it’s ‘not the atom bomb’, and how organizations expect to leverage 5G in the future, specifically around the development of smart cities.
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