5G is the new “fifth generation” internet for mobile devices, promising speeds 10 to 20 times faster than previously available. As well as being faster, 5G is all about enabling more mobile devices to access the internet at the same time.
In March 2018, the government announced £25 million for 5G mobile trials which got under way in September the same year. In May 2019, EE was the first mobile network to offer 5G, with other providers following soon after. The government also announced a further £40 million to be invested in 5G tests across UK industry to improve mobile connectivity.
The promise was to “begin the roll-out”, and roll-out has indeed begun! This policy is therefore marked ‘done’.
Rolling out the details…
- What is 5G and what will it mean for you? – BBC
- 5G in the UK: everything you need to know – Tech Radar
- 5G: EE launches UK’s next-generation mobile network – BBC
- £30m to spark rollout of next generation 5G in rural areas and help countryside capitalise on tech revolution – Gov.uk
- Government to boost 5G and simplify planning to support mobile deployment – Gov.uk
- £25m for 5G projects on the anniversary of the UK’s Digital Strategy – Gov.uk
- Forging a full fibre broadband and 5G future for all – Gov.uk