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5G update

Sounds great on paper...if you're in an area that's got coverage, AND a device that can handle it...


The United Kingdom has finally joined the fray with the launch of its 5G network, the next generation of ultra-fast wireless connections.

EE, the UK's largest mobile carrier, launched 5G wireless on Thursday with a fair bit of hullabaloo with the likes of Stormzy.  Currently, this is only in select areas of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. EE customers in the UK can access the new network using the latest smartphones from makers including Samsung, OnePlus, LG and Oppo.

5G technology has been touted as a major breakthrough that will allow for better video streaming and more technical advancements such as powering self-driving cars. On top of that, digital agencies like ourselves here at Eonic are excited by the prospect of delivering an even richer multimedia, interactive experience for businesses out there. In April, the United States and South Korea became the first countries to offer people 5G phones that could access limited 5G networks. Verizon customers were the first to access the US network, using Samsung's Galaxy 5G.

Although 5G innovation is already underway in parts of the US, UK and South Korea, a network still isn't widely available to benefit the majority of wireless customers. The transition from 4G to 5G networks won't be that widespread until about 2020, because it will involve infrastructure upgrades that will cost companies billions of dollars. EE plans to launch its 5G network across 20 additional cities in the UK by the end of 2020. People will still be able to connect to 4G service in areas where 5G has yet to roll out.

So, no holding your breath at present...unless you want to go blue in the face!