You’ve heard the term ‘5G’ be thrown around for the past couple of years — and although the government has stated that the UK rollout will begin late this year or early 2020, some brands are saying goodbye to ‘crappy Wi-Fi’ today in order to boost internal efficiency.
German automotive manufacturer Audi, for example, has released plans to build their own private wireless network at its production sites using fifth generation cellular mobile technology. The network, which the brand will manage independently, will connect manufacturing robots and other devices more securely than the current Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 4G options.
Some countries, such as Qatar, already have 5G networks readily available. However, estimates have forecasted that there will be 1.5 billion users subscribed to 5G networks by 2024. This coverage will account for 40% of the world’s entire population.
Despite bigger brands investing in their own 5G networks, this isn’t always an option for most businesses. Fuse Media works with some of the UK’s leading networks, including EE, O2, and Vodafone — but when will they launch their 5G?
EE is set to unleash 5G in 2019 in six main cities; this includes London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. This initial rollout will be followed by hundreds of other locations before 2020.
O2 revealed that it won’t commercially launch 5G before 2020, unlike other networks. However, they have launched the 5G testbed at the O2 Arena in London, which will be available in the O2 Blueroom, VIP bar and will then blanket the entire arena by some point next year.
Vodafone has claimed that it will release its own 5G in the Lake District and Cornwall in 2019. Although this will represent the initial rollout, the same year will see the company open up 1,000 5G testing sites.
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