What are the benefits of 5G?
• Bigger internet capacity
One of the biggest benefits of 5G is that it will have 10 times more internet capacity than 4G. This is something that can largely solve signal issues in crowded areas like stadiums and festivals. When lots of people try to connect to a network at the same time, it can overload the network and crash the connectivity. This can make it difficult to send messages, upload videos to social media and livestream the show. However, 5G will allow more people online at the same time.
• Increased connectivity
This breakthrough in technology is also going to change the way that wireless devices are connected to the internet. 5G will be as fast as 10 gigabits per second over wireless connection, while 4G operates at a maximum 100 megabits per second. In plain language, that means 5G is 100 times quicker.
EE, the UK’s largest phone network, has already started rolling out 5G and aims to have the first 5G connected festival at Glastonbury 2019 – using an estimated 70 terabytes of data (in other words, a heck of a lot).
With 5G you’ll be able to personalise your network capacity based on how much you need to use. For example, gamers using virtual reality (VR) will require more capacity than someone who mainly just surfs the web, and how much they spend will vary accordingly. This is because rather than using cables, as we still do, it will operate using the cloud – it will all be wireless.
This is particularly beneficial to big businesses, where organisers know they’ll see an influx of people needing to connect to the internet. Event organisers will be able to pay for an increase in the local network’s capacity as a one-off so that more people can use the internet during their time at the event.
• Faster response times
As the world becomes ever more reliant on the internet, a reduction in time delay is crucial.
5G promises that the response rate to our commands will be much faster, with latency rates of a millisecond, responding almost in real-time. As the presence of artificial intelligence increases, this is key for the development of, for example, driverless cars. 5G will allow the cars to communicate at a much faster rate.
Minimum delay will mean live streaming could be combined with VR and augmented reality for immersive, multiplayer gaming in real time.
5G could mean a surgeon wouldn’t need to be in the same room as a patient in future, using a VR headset and special gloves to perform the operation in a remote location.
• Swappable benefits
EE have announced that as well as 5G speeds, pay monthly customers will be able to swap a variety of benefits at any given time, including free access to BT Sport, the ability to stream Apple Music, Tidal, Prime Video, Netflix and MTV without eating into your monthly data allowance.