For the time being, you’ll only have access to 5G in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and Birmingham, however, EE has promised to roll out 5G to many more locations by the end of 2019.
Whilst Apple is yet to offer a 5G mobile phone, rivals Samsung, OnePlus, HTC, Oppo and LG, all offer mobiles on the market with 5G capabilities. EE announced that it would not be supporting the sale of Huawei’s 5G models until the disputes involving the US trade ban are resolved.
The lowest available price right now is £54 per month plus a one-off £170 fee. However, this will only get you 10GB of data – and if you’re streaming or video conferencing a lot, this could disappear quickly.
How fast is 5G?
In theory, 5G is capable of download speeds of up to 20Gbps. More realistically, the EE networks says that you can expect download speeds of around 150-200Mbps at launch, with the potential to achieve around 1Gbps during less active times. This is a significant improvement on the 29.6Mbps currently provided via its 4G network.
How will 5G benefit businesses?
It is often talked about how 5G will benefit consumers, but much less readily about how it will benefit businesses. With faster download speeds come great potential benefits for businesses willing to reap the rewards. Remote working will be made significantly easier and conference calls made significantly more reliable.
It is estimated that by 2020, half of the UK population will be working remotely to some degree, as working from home becomes increasingly popular. In fact, according to a recent study of the UK workforce conducted by Flexjobs, just under a third of people said that they would quit a job that didn’t offer flexibility.
In an age of increasing flexibility, 5G is set to offer businesses the support needed to stay connected and maximise productivity. As leading suppliers of business mobile phones, we will be keeping thoroughly up to date with all 5G developments in the South. Contact us today to find out more about the great business phone deals we have available.