03 Jul Vodafone has become the second UK Mobile operator to turn on its 5G network.
Today Vodafone launched its 5G network with a flourish at a central London event, giving the honour of the official button press to British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton.
The new network is now live in seven UK cities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Twelve additional towns will follow later this year – Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
In addition, Vodafone will be offering 5G roaming in Germany, Spain and Italy.
Right now, 5G offers faster speeds, lower latency and greater capacity, but what can we expect from a future led by 5G innovation?
With 5G we can expect major developments in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), robotics and drone technology.
Example advances include
- Large scale self-driving vehicle deployments, although this technology already exists it still has a long way to go before it is commonplace. 5G will help this technology evolve by utilising low latency transfer of high volumes of data between vehicles and their surroundings. And once you are in a driver less vehicle, what are you going to do with all your extra time? 5G has the capability to provide a vast amount of data to your vehicle to enable you to create an office on the move.
- 5G enables media companies to create and transmit high definition cloud-based entertainment and programming on-demand, giving the ability to provide truly immersive gaming and media experiences.
- Smarter healthcare delivery by connecting patients and medical equipment enabling real-time monitoring of patients in their own homes.
The biggest impact for business initially will be the ability of 5G to handle massive data volumes.