5G is already a reality

  • July 14, 2018
 

The National Infrastructure Commission has published a final report into 5G and telecommunication technology. This document states that the UK has the potential to become a world leader in the 5G deployment and take early advantage of the potential applications of 5G services.

Mobile connectivity is already part of our lives. At work, in social life, on travel. The world is connected. The technology market has historically provided this rapid growth, but now more than ever, the UK government wants to take that step forward by investing in 5G.

In the report, the UK Government affirms:

“Government must ensure the UK is 5G ready:

  • Key Rail Routes: The railway network must rapidly improve connectivity. This is best delivered by a trackside network. Government should provide a plan by 2017, and the infrastructure should be in place on key routes by 2025.
  • Major Roads: Our motorways must have mobile networks fit for the future. The infrastructure should be in place by 2025.
  • Towns and Cities: Local Authorities and LEPs should work with network providers to develop approaches that enable the deployment of the tens of thousands of small cells we expect to need in our urban centres.”

Chair of the National Infrastructure, Commission Lord Adonis said:

“5G is the future – ultra-fast, and ultra-reliable it has the potential to change our lives and our economy in ways we cannot even imagine today. But the UK is currently languishing in the digital slow lane”
Britain is 54th in the world for 4G coverage, and the typical user can only access 4G barely half the time. Our 4G network is worse than Romania and Albania, Panama and Peru. Our roads and railways can feel like digital deserts and even our city centres are plagued by not spots where connectivity is impossible. That isn’t just frustrating, it is increasingly holding British business back as more and more of our economy requires a connected workforce.”

5G offers us a chance to start again and get ahead. If government acts now we can ensure our major transport networks and urban centres are 5G ready in time to give British industry every chance to lead the world in exploiting its applications.”

But none of this will matter unless we bring our mobile network up to speed. The existing system does not provide the level of coverage we will need in our connected future. We need a new universal service obligation which ensures that the mobile essentials – like text, talk and data – are available to us wherever we need them.”

From connected vehicles to the internet of things, 5G will support a whole new way of communicating and doing business. The UK must not be left behind.”

What we do know is: the greater the connectivity, the greater the growth and development of our society. By being at the front of this initiative, the UK is not only investing in future technological growth, but in the wider development of a connected society, looking to outpace all other countries in the area of digital technology and mobility.