5G in London by 2020

5G internet, which is as much as 250 times faster than 4G and can download an 800 megabyte film in one second, will be available in London by 2020, according to Mayor Boris Johnson.

Speaking before the launch later this week of a technical collaboration with the University of Surrey, Mr Johnson said that London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe and that improving the connectivity of the city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London.

Of course, what starts in the capital will then spread out to the rest of the country and having 5G available for businesses would be of enormous benefit, not only in terms of speed but also enabling even more flexible working than is possible now.

5G is in its early stages but is already being trialled by the University, although back in 2012, a spokesman for Surrey’s Centre for Communication Systems Research said it would be 10 to 12 years before 5G standards were in place and could be deployed to consumers.

However, since them, several million pounds have been invested n the development of the technology, both within the UK and Europe. In addition, South Korea has invested £900m in 5G and plans to start trials by 2017 and begin rolling it out by 2020.

For this reason, if Mr Johnson does meet his promise, it is likely that 5G in London might be more experimental than commercial, as even the mobile operator EE, which was the first to introduce 4G to the UK, are only planning to roll out their 5G network by 2022. Therefore, firms should hope that, as the trials continue, 5G will continue its rollout across the UK.

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