For most users over the next 6 to 12 months, 5G will most likely be in very specific locations and in reality most mobile 5G devices will spend most of their time running 4G. 

If you are looking to upgrade your handset you should consider one with 5G capability but otherwise there are specific use cases that will benefit from 5G until it is fully available and here is our view of the top 3.

 

1. Hubs and high footfall area

Although Covid has reduced footfall in many areas where people used to congregate in large numbers, being on 5G will still give those of us who need to use devices in busy spaces an advantage until everyone catches on. Especially in places like airports, shopping centres, conference centres football grounds and other hubs.

Click on the link 5G Manchester and watch our tester jump on the 5G network in Media City, Manchester.

 

2. Private 5G in industry

It is possible to license sections of the 5G spectrum in specific localities relatively cheaply for private use. 5G may be better suited than WIFI in factories, warehouses and other businesses with a large number of machine to machine (M2M) or Internet of Things (IOT) devices. 

Read Deloitte's Insights on Private 5G

 

3. Broadband Replacement

The high speed and low latency of 5G makes it ideal for rapid consumption of content, and where the signal is reliable may well be a viable alternative to FTTP or lower speed broadband connections. Watch out for the challenges of getting a great signal indoors. You may need to install external aerials to maintain the speeds you need.

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