While the world has not seen widespread usage of 4G LTE networks to date, there is now talk about 5G networks being set up, never mind the fact that no clear specifications for such 5G networks are currently in existence. However, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, did promise this bustling capital that they will have their very own 5G mobile network before the year 2020 is done and dusted with.
It seems that before we roll into the year 2021, London would have its 5G network up and running alongside the University of Surrey. Right now, the University of Surrey happens to be working on a 5G Innovation Center. 5G is rightly a developing, conceptual network standard, and so far there has been no exact definition of its data transfer speeds as well as working frequencies, but it looks set to hit speeds that at this point in time do not make sense for a mobile device – such as 10Gbps, which is many times faster than current 4G networks.
Japan, too, is said to launch their 5G mobile service by the time 2020 arrives, and NTT DoCoMo has already begun to test 5G technology in the Land of the Rising Sun. Who do you think will be the winner in this mobile arms race?