5G business services from Crystaline
What is 5G?
5G is the successor to 4G LTE. It is able to send more information faster than we’ve ever seen before. 5G allows you to do all the things you could with previous generations of mobile network – 3G and 4G – as well more complex applications for connectivity.
Hyper-connectivity between machines, smart devices and people means we’ll start seeing intelligent new processes that have just not been possible — or conceivable — until now. In short, 5G is so much more than a step on from 4G. 5G is driving the digital revolution.
What’s new about 5G?
- Faster download speeds — 5G is up to ten times faster than 4G, and currently can reach speeds of over one gigabyte per second (Gb/s). In a few years, speeds could increase tenfold to ten Gb/s — 100 times faster than 4G
- Reduced latency — While typical latency is 50 milliseconds for 4G, 5G delivers instant connectivity, in as little as one millisecond thanks to faster radio processing
- Increased capacity — Up to one million devices per square kilometre can connect to the network, which will transform connectivity for people living and working in crowded places
What are the benefits of business 5G?
As 5G coverage expands across the UK, business owners are starting to consider how it could elevate their operations. Crucially, 5G opens up more opportunities for businesses:
- Better operations — with working set ups taking several forms, 5G equips employees with the instant connectivity required to work from anywhere, be it at home, the office, or on the go
- Greater opportunity — faster speeds and higher capacity creates more opportunities for new connectivity applications using the Internet of Things (IoT)
- Futureproofed setup — eventually, older networks become obsolete. Previous generations of mobile networks have already become obsolete, so opting for the latest technology ensures your business is prepared for the future
Will 5G replace business broadband?
Overall, no — in fact, the two will probably co-exist for quite some time. You can expect to see 5G and business broadband being used as a collaborative network that allows all devices to be connected all the time in a way that makes the most of the speed and low latency of 5G but also the reliability and robustness of broadband.
Make sure your devices are 5G ready
To get the benefits of 5G you’ll need a 5G ready handset. Traditionally, manufacturers have released both a 4G and 5G model of the same handset, leaving the decision to opt for 5G in the hands of the consumer. But now, some major device manufacturers are just releasing a 5G-ready version. Learn more here.
5G Coverage by network
All of the UK’s four major mobile network operators — Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three — have begun rolling out their 5G networks across the UK. Coverage varies by network, but it’s possible to check 5G status in your area on each of the major operators’ websites:
Internet of Things applications are growing, and there’s several ways that businesses could benefit from the efficiency it brings.
5G will accelerate IoT adoption by offering greater speeds and capacity for IoT devices on the network. Real-time data collection and analysis is smoother, since vast quantities of data can be processed using 5G’s efficiency, responsiveness and superior download speeds.
5G services from Crystaline
At Crystaline, we partner with all major mobile network operators to offer competitive deals on 5G SIMs, devices and contracts.
If you’d like to learn more about the connectivity services we offer, or need some advice on whether 5G is right for your business, get in touch