After years of anticipation, the 5G network has finally arrived in the UK and the race is on between the operators for its widespread rollout. EE was the first off the mark and switched on their network in areas of London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester on the 30th May. Vodafone is in hot pursuit, launching on the 3rd July, and 02 and Three will be playing catchup later this year.
5G is set to change the face of mobile communications because until now, all mobile broadband networks have been designed to meet the needs of people. 5G, on the other hand, has been designed with machines in mind, offering low-latency and high-efficiency data transfer speeds. Indeed, it will be the underpinning technology behind AI-driven services such as driverless cars, Smart Cities, robots and IoT.
Know more @ what is contingency
With this in mind, what exactly does the 5G rollout mean from an end user perspective and how should a building owner or integrator be planning for 5G coverage in the short to medium term?
Colin Abrey, Nextivity’s Vice President for Channel Sales for the EMEA region answers a few basic 5G questions to help determine what building owners must take into account when procuring indoor mobile coverage equipment going forwards.