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It’s still early days for 5G, but Ofcom thinks that you’ll be able to buy a 5G phone in 2020.
Obviously any 5G release date is just an estimate, and other experts are predicting it may be 2021.
It almost goes without saying that you’ll need a new phone that’s equipped with 5G hardware.
Just as with 4G, you can’t upgrade an older phone to support a new mobile standard: it's the networking chip inside which defines - and limits - its capabilities.
MIMO – multiple antennae and receivers – will be used to boost speeds by sending multiple streams of data at the same time.
In terms of coverage, expect to see a similar large-cities-first rollout as we did with 3G and 4G.
Samsung has ran tests in 2014 and achieved speeds of 7.5Gb/s, which is over 30 times faster than 4G (in these kinds of tests).
Of course, that’s under lab conditions, and there’s no word yet on whether those speeds can be achieved in the real world, much less when travelling at speed.
Ofcom has said it expects that real-world 5G will deliver between 10- and 50Gb/s.
To put that in context, that’s a little quicker than the average UK broadband speed in 2015, which stood at a relatively lowly 12Mb/s.
The fastest UK home broadband speeds are around 150Mb/s.