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. However, a report from Digital Catapult found that the demand for 5G in the UK is well underway, with 85 percent of respondents signaling an appetite for the use of the technology by 2022.
With many questioning whether the UK is ready for 5G, we review the history of the mobile wireless standard - and its potential future.