A timeline of UK 5G development | The history of the mobile wireless standard: from 1979 to now

Christina Mercer
Christina Mercer

Christina Mercer

Christina is audience development editor. After graduating from the University of Nottingham reading philosophy and theology in 2013, Christina joined a tech start-up specialising in mobile apps. She has a keen interest in the mobile platform and innovative tech.

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Set to be rolled out in 2020, the fifth generation wireless standard or 5G is tipped to be the mobile network for the internet of things and big data.

Although no formal standard for 5G has been set, according to the Next Generation Mobile Network's 5G white paper, 5G connections must be based on 'user experience, system performance, enhanced services, business models and management & operations'. Researchers predict that 5G will be three times faster than the current 4G standard.

It’s no secret that the UK is falling far behind its European neighbours when it comes to 4G. A mere 18 percent of UK mobile users connecting to the internet via 4G, according to research by mobile data platform Ogury.

With many questioning whether the UK is ready for 5G, we review the history of the mobile wireless standard - and its potential future.

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