What is the difference between 4G and 5G?

There has been a lot of talk about 5G recently and how it can benefit us, as individuals and businesses. 

Our partner O2 started their 5G roll out in October so we thought we would take the time to explain the major differences between 4G & 5G. 

5G vs 4G

5G has been hailed as the connectivity which will completely transform the way we live and work. Here are the three key ways 5G differs from 4G.

  • Faster speeds
  • Better response times (lower latency)
  • Improved network capacity

Faster speeds

It’s much, much quicker than 4G, which means you’ll be able to do everything you do now, but faster. Download a full movie as you run for a train. Enjoy perfect video calling when you’re out and about. And easily upload and email big files, while you work on the go. It’s all about having everything you need at your fingertips to make day-to-day life as easy as possible, ensuring the smooth running of your business.

Better response times

Lower latency (the time it takes for a network to respond) is going to be a game changer for highly sensitive jobs that involve minute inputs and real-time feedback. Things like remote surgery, a critical video conference or being the last one standing in a battle royale. 

In the future 5G will have the bandwidth to comfortably handle augmented and virtual reality, giving workers the chance to train in real-life situations without putting themselves in danger, or use a VR headset to receive real-time instructions. Away from work you could use VR to watch a gig as though you’re in the front row, or see a try being scored through someone else’s eyes.

Better network capacity

5G is perfect for when you’re at a packed concert at an O2 Academy, watching a game at Twickenham or when working remotely. It’s designed so that thousands of people can stand in the same place and upload and download as much as they like.

While 5G is being rolled out across the UK, 4G will keep getting better, as we continue to spend £2 million a day on our network.

And adding 5G to our already award winning network will help us deliver higher speeds, increased reliability and improve capacity where our customers need it most.

When is 5G coming to you?

All the claims surrounding 5G are genuine and we believe this service will ultimately not only do everything expected of it but will easily exceed those expectations. However, it will take time for us all to reap the full benefits as 5G is rolled out gradually across the whole country and it’s a good idea to try and establish what the 5G accessibility, capability and timeline roll-out is in your area. 

O2 launched its 5G network back in October, beginning with areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds. By the end of this year, O2 is planning to bring its 5G network to parts of 20 towns and cities, before a roll-out to a total of 50 by next summer.

It’s important to mention at this point that while we go through the process of 5G becoming more accessible in different areas as availability increases, 4G will also steadily improve, meaning businesses operating in parts of the country without 5G can also enjoy the benefits of an enhanced service.

Next week... 5G Common FAQs

Check back next week where we answer some common FAQ’s around 5G. 

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