Do you know the difference between 4G and 5G?

Do you know the difference between 4G and 5G?
Posting date:24 Jan 2019

I didn’t, until yesterday when I attended the Government ICT Conference to see how the Government is transforming itself through technology. 

I was fascinated by a particular talk given by Cradlepoint which explored the simple yet sheer difference between 4 and 5G and explained it to the audience in seconds.

Using Wembley Stadium as an example. Anyone who has visited will share the pain of trying to snap up a signal but; apparently, it has the highest speed in London. Stood alone in the arena you would have the quickest internet speed imaginable but shared with 90,000 spectators, you’ll be lucky to get a bar.

5G however is an endpoint to endpoint connection meaning it isn’t distributed amongst whoever might be sharing the connection with you. Whether you’re stood alone or next to 89,999 others – you will have incredible signal.

Vodafone and EE are both trialling 5G with the hope of introducing it by 2020 and while EE has started its experiment in the condensed areas of Manchester and London, Vodafone is trialling the tool in rural areas to ensure they can both achieve blanket coverage.

While the Telecoms industry look for the next technology milestone, other companies are looking to improve the current offering by finding ‘not-spots’ for 4G and fixing them. 

Cradlepoint used the Metropolitan Police as an example of how 4G can be improved by using the analogy of a person in trouble. If you were underground and needed to contact the emergency services – you couldn’t so the company are ensuring 4G is built in the corners of the UK where people need it the most. On the other side of the spectrum – Police forces are becoming increasingly remote and reliant on 4G meaning our safety is truly dependent on signal.

Are you fascinated by the move to 5G?

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