It wasn’t too long ago that the UK was being introduced to 4G, but the major mobile operators have already been busy preparing for the next generation of high speed data connectivity.
O2, Vodafone, EE and Three all battled it out at auction last week for their portion of the Government-allocated frequencies that will allow them to provide future 5G technology.
With the evolution of smart homes, driver-less vehicles and IoT technology heavily dependent on high speed mobile data, the operators have not held back in their investment into the 5G spectrum. Vodafone successfully won £378m of available bandwidth with O2 and EE spending over £303m and £318m respectively. Three came away with £151m worth of spectrum. The big four eventually ended up closely matched to each other in their 5G allocations after a combined auction spend of over £1.4bn.
5G is expected to deliver data speeds more than 40 times that of the current 4G networks, with experts predicting rates up to 10Gbps. These sorts of new speeds mean it would take less than 20 seconds to download a Full HD movie, stats currently reserved for only the very fastest fiber broadband users.
Although it will be some years yet before we see the first superfast speeds over 5G, a number of the networks have already been quick to turn on their acquired frequencies, giving them the ability to enhance areas of their 4G network.
For now though, the testing and development phases can really start to begin on the technology that will no doubt, revolutionize the way businesses operate in the future.
Look out for upcoming posts where Garnell will be exploring the advantages of IoT and high speed mobile data to businesses.