5G is the fifth and latest generation of mobile network technology, which launched across the UK in 2019. 5G improves on previous generations of mobile network technology in terms of data rate, coverage and reliability. 5G is capable of average data speeds of around 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 200Mbps and a current max of up to 1 Gigabits per second (1000 Mbps), that’s up to 100 times faster than 4G.
Currently, in highly-crowded and congested urban areas, mobile users can notice a slow-down in speed or degradation of signal and performance. This is because the service is spread too thin between many connected devices in a particular area. 5G increases the potential number of devices in its network significantly when compared to 4G, and communication using 5G can occur in real time.
Only 5G compatible mobile devices are able to take advantage of 5G services and only in locations where 5G coverage is available.
Check if your mobile network operator provides 5G coverage in your area. The 4 main mobile network operators’ coverage can be checked on their individual websites, linked below.