5G (from “5th Generation”) is the latest generation of cellular mobile communications. It succeeds the 4G (LTE-A, WiMax), 3G (UMTS, LTE) and 2G (GSM) systems. 5G performance targets high data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacity, and massive device connectivity. The first phase of 5G specifications in Release-15 will be completed by April 2019 to accommodate the early commercial deployment. The second phase in Release-16 is due to be completed by April 2020 for submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a candidate of IMT-2020 technology.
EE has announced which six UK cities will be the first to get faster 5G mobile networks.
Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester by mid-2019.
By the end of 2019, another 10 cities will get EE networks which could transmit data at speeds faster than 10 gigabits per second.
Other UK networks are now trialling 5G to accelerate their rollout later this year.
When 5G networks are operating, Britons can expect higher speeds and better reliability, said Marc Allera, head of the consumer division at EE-owner BT, in a statement.
“We have an ambition to connect our customers to 4G, 5G or wi-fi 100% of the time,” said Mr Allera.
He suggested that customers would “pay a little more” for 5G because of its speed and responsiveness.