The need for speed
With the growth of streaming services like Netflix, wearable technology and ‘smart’ homes where appliances are connected to the internet, the need for smooth, reliable and speedy connections on the go is greater than ever. It’s predicted there could be 50-100 billion devices connected worldwide by 2020.
And the future could come sooner than previously thought. In this year’s budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced £16m to create a 5G ‘hub’ to trial the new tech, £200m to support local ‘full-fibre’ broadband network projects, and £270m for robotics, biotech and driverless vehicle systems. For those of us who don’t have a degree in tech language, in short, it means the future of your mobile internet is set to be faster. Much faster.
Telecoms and media regulator Ofcom hopes to have 5G networks live across the UK by 2020, and it will offer a much faster service than the current 4G.
Here, we rank the most exciting developments predicted to arise when 5G rolls out in the UK for you and your family.