What is 5G and how do I get it?

What is 5G and how do I get it?

What is 5G ?

Summer 2019 will see all 4 major networks (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) switch on their 5G network.  With EE and Vodafone being the first to activate their 5G speeds (May 30th and July 3rd respectively) and O2 and Three to follow by September 2019.

The highly anticipated network has been in the making for some years, since the commercial release of 4G in 2012.  It’s potential makes room for a change in the way consumers and businesses use the internet in every day life.

The networks are suggesting that 5G will be up to 10 times faster than it’s predecessor, meaning that if you’re currently receiving 10mbps download speed, you’ll get up to 100mbps.

But it’s not just the mobile world that 5G will change.  The networks predict that 5G will be imperative to IOT (Internet Of Things), the new age of technology in non-mobile connected devices.

Machina Research suggests that 5G will enable 10 million IoT devices globally by 2024, accounting for a quarter of the total 41 million forecasted 5G connections.

They also predict that three quarters of those 10 million will consist of SIMs in the evolutionary ‘Connected Car’.  SIM cards embedded in vehicles will pave the way for technology such as remote maintenance and diagnostics, vehicle tracking and even the ‘driverless car’.

What do I need to get 5G?

To gain access to the 5G network, you will need the following;

  • 5G in your location
  • A 5G compatible device
  • A 5G tariff on your network

Your location

The first step to ensure you’re ready to upgrade, is to know that your network has turned on 5G in your city.  As of July 2019, the connected cities are as follows;

Vodafone – Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, London, Cardiff. EE – Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, London.

O2 – Summer 2019 launch

Three – August 2019 launch

The networks are yet to announce the additional cities in the further roll out plan.

A 5G Compatible Device

Once you know that your chosen network has 5G in your city, you can start shopping for a 5G device.  The networks in the consumer market only provide certain 5G handsets on 5G tariffs, with Vodafone initially only releasing 2 options and EE releasing 4 (at the time of writing).  These include the Samsung S10 5G, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G, One Plus 7 Pro 5G, Oppo Reno 5G and the LG 350 ThinQ. Contact us for the latest handsets on all networks here.

A 5G tariff on your network

Lastly, you’ll need to be on a specific 5G tariff.  This means you’ll probably either have to upgrade or switch networks.  Don’t forget this step, because you won’t be able to just purchase a 5G handset in your 5G city and expect to receive top speeds.

If you’re a Frontier Customer, you can speak to your Account Manager, who will guide you through the process.

If you’re not a Frontier Customer, you can contact us here or give us a call.  We’ll do our very best to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.