5G – The Island’s fastest network is about to get even faster, but it’s not all about speed.
5G will give our Islands and the people that live here unlimited possibilities that benefit everything from our homes to our health.
What is 5G?
5G is the next evolution of mobile connectivity that enables download speeds up to 10x faster than today’s speeds, as well as a more reliable network experience for a greater number of devices on a network.
5G will not only transform the experience of how our customers use our mobile network today, but will also unlock a range of completely new services, making our customers lives easier, safer and more enjoyable.
What does 5G mean for our Islands?
When 4G first launched, we didn’t really know how much it would change our lives. News, music, videos, video calls, maps… and so much more became instantly accessible.
Understanding the potential for 5G is easier when we consider the technology that comes with it. Reducing the time it takes the internet to recognise a command from 60 milliseconds to 1 millisecond might not mean much now, but that’s because we haven’t needed it yet.
What are the benefits of 5G?
5G is ultra-fast with download speeds up to 10 times faster meaning you could download an entire 4K film in under a minute, or live-stream a virtual reality experience on the go.
It will connect everything from roads, buildings, appliances and vehicles whilst benefitting industries such as healthcare, farming, transport, energy and leisure.
Driverless cars will be able make instant decisions and communicate with surrounding infrastructure, helping to pave the way to a driverless future.
Imagine a world where your favourite products are always stocked in your size, 5G sensors on smart clothing rails will tell retailers exactly what’s out of stock.
Higher bandwidth will make it possible to have a video GP Consultation on the go.
It can also reserve bandwidth for critical services such as the Ambulance and Fire Service helping to ensure our connections are where we need them most.
Car sensors will interact with traffic lights to control congestion.
Drones that can drop a package to your location wherever you are.
5G will also be more secure so that it can power advanced security applications meaning your data is even more secure online.
Customers will see an improvement in their battery life due to faster transfer speeds and more efficient connectivity.
Increased connectivity and lower latency mean a new world for the Internet of things too. While our current systems have enhanced our homes and workspaces, the next generation will offer a more personalised experience.
To realise 5G’s full potential, we need to ensure that our Islands can enjoy the benefits of a truly digital future.