11 Mar Vodafone announces new partnerships for 5G future
Depending on your network and where you are you might be pleased to get a 3G connection and positively thrilled to see that 4G symbol appear the top of your phone.
As you might expect though the race is already on to develop 5G. So what will 5G be like? How will it be better?
At this stage no one really knows but we do know that the telecommunications giant, Vodafone has recently announced that Huawei, Ericsson, Intel, and Qualcomm to develop an industry standard for the next generation of mobile connectivity. We also know that we’ll be waiting a while. They expect to be able to launch 5G in 2020.
Vodafone & 5G
In a blog on their website Vodafone has outlined five major areas of research into 5G that it will carry out ahead of its expected launch:
- evaluate which 5G technologies will be introduced as industry standards;
- test hardware and software in Vodafone Group’s UK Innovation Labs;
- conduct trials on Vodafone’s radio and core networks in selected global markets;
- test and evaluate a wide range of 5G technologies and services;
- prioritise the benefits of 5G that can be brought to market by 2020.
So there is clearly a lot of work to be done but experts are already talking about the power of 5G and if they are to be believed it will be worth the wait!
A recent article on the BBC website stated that 5G would be a lot faster than 4G and by a lot they mean a dramatic improvement. They quote Prof Tafazolli of the UK’s multimillion-pound government-funded 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. He believes it is possible to run a wireless data connection at 800Gbps. To put this in perspective that would equate to downloading 33 HD films – in, wait for it … just one second!