Are you ready for 5G?

5G World took place from 11th to 13th June, it is the annual meet-up for anyone involved in 5G. If you run a business, this included you!

EE initiated the first phase of its 5G service in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester on 30th May, with 10 more cities to receive it later this year and a further 10 towns or cities in 2020.

Meanwhile, Vodafone is set to launch its 5G service in July.

It looks like the future is already here and that 5G will be coming to a place near you soon!

5G is going to be truly transformational.. It will primarily enable increased capacity, so you’ll find it easier to get full service in crowded places. The improvement in speed is going to be impressive – from a top speed of 50Mbps (megabits per second) for 4G to an average speed of 150Mbps, as well as “low latency” meaning shorter intervals between initiating an action and the response.

In short, it will mean smoother, faster actions and the capacity for new, more intuitive and insightful apps.

These features are, of course, essential for all kinds of business, and this was an area I looked at when I led a delegation of UK entrepreneurs to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit in Japan in May.

One of its themes was “Ensuring a strong digital infrastructure for the future”, and at the end of May I met the Prime Minister’s team, alongside members of the delegation, and handed over the communiqué from the summit.

With 5G set to make everything faster, expectations will follow. So whether you are already established or are setting up a business, it’s essential you know how to optimise your current connection to avoid being left behind.

A simple way to do this is to Google “Broadband speed test” and then click on one of the free and easy speed tests.

If your speed isn’t up to scratch, there are a surprising number of ways you can give it a boost – from repositioning your router to finding the best socket. This article by MoneySavingExpert will give you plenty of pointers.

Having just celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web, it’s exciting to look back on the way it has transformed our lives in the last three decades, and to think that we are standing on the cusp of the next era with many more innovations and life-changing transformations ahead. 5G is just the start of things to come!

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