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Massive speed boost through 5G delivery
The new 5G network could deliver a massive increase in data transfer rates in the years ahead.Testing is underway on next generation high-speed broadband - the 5G network - that is set to deliver a massive increase in data transfer rates for mobile users in the years ahead.
Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of 5GIC - the 5G Innovation Centre (based at the University of Surrey), has carried out test transmissions of up to 1 Gbps using 5G, but claims the technology could deliver download speeds of up to 800 Gbps once fully operational.
However, he argued that before this can happen, the UK government must organise the clearing of the 700 MHz bandwidth and hold an associated frequency auction - a situation he stated must take place by 2022 at the latest.
Once these provisions are in place, the professor stated his belief that 5G will become an integral part of a range of future technologies, bolstering connectivity across the country and supporting the likes of self-driving vehicles, the Internet of Things, smart grids and faster communications.