5G – Is it really worth it?
Lately, there has been a lot in the media regarding 5G and what it means for consumers. But, is it really worth investing in, as a consumer?
5G stands for ‘fifth generation mobile networks’ and it’s set to be faster than the previous generations such as the current one, 4G. However, it won’t hit the UK until later this year. EE has vowed to turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester by the middle of 2019!
5G will come at a price. It is expected to cost more than the 4G that is in operation currently due to the speed of the 5G. 4G currently has download speeds of around 300Mbit/s, whilst 5G promises to reach speeds in excess of 1Gb/s which is over twice as fast!
There are a lot of positives for 5G, but of course it does have a negative. If you want to access 5G you will have to buy a device that is capable of 5G. So you’ll have to dig into your pockets to purchase a new phone. But remember, the first models won’t be cheap, everyone will want to get their hands on them. Plus, it will need a complex antenna, new chipset and a method to manage the extra energy that 5G will need to operate.
5G is likely to be costly for the consumer to use. Network operators have invested time and money into developing 5G and therefore the only way to recoup the costs for their service is to pass the costs onto the consumers.
Would you invest in 5G or do you think it is a waste of money?