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London to gain 5G mobile network by 2020

Luke Johnson


Forget 4G LTE, London will be 5G compatible by 2020

London will boast a 5G mobile network by 2020, offering smartphone owners the ability to download a film to their handsets in under a second.

According to London Mayor Boris Johnson, the nation’s capital will benefit from one of the world’s first major 5G mobile networks in just six years’ time, as the city looks to mark itself out as a pioneer of new internet infrastructure.

London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe and that is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity,” Johnson stated.

He added: “Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London.”

It is believed that Johnson will outline detailed plans for the 5G push later this week in collaboration with the University of Surrey.

Although much of the UK is still without 4G speeds, the move to a 5G network in London is planned to coincide with wider internet infrastructure improvements. The mayor’s report is set to outline areas of London most in need of connectivity improvements, be they through new technologies or simple, traditional broadband improvements.

At present 4G networks are still very much in their infancy in the UK. Although EE has been a driving force on the scene, widespread 4G coverage has only started filtering out in the past 12 months, with coverage still patchy.

Last year, Huawei announced it was working on a 5G network for rollout in 2020. The Chinese manufacturer and connectivity giant claimed that the network would offer "100 times the speed of the fastest 4G mobile connections deployed today."

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Via: Telegraph


July 28, 2014, 11:34 am

This is shocking. Still so many parts of the country without good 3G coverage, and they're investing (presumably) millions in implementing 5G in London? And area with readily available wifi.
They've not even completed their promise of fast internet to the rest of the country yet. Absolutely shocking.


July 28, 2014, 11:35 am

Yep 5G premium with only a 1GB download cap! what a joke!


July 28, 2014, 12:17 pm

Its all about London. The UK is a joke. Basically its the South of England where all the riches are then you head north and we get poorer and sicker. Pick other cities in the UK for all the injection of the riches you greedy ba*****s. This is why Scotland wants out of the UK. The UK government are not just corrupt but they are responsible for criminal neglect of the poor and the ill, of the working classes who need the charity of food banks. Start spreading the money around the UK you selfish arrogant arses.

Person chap

July 29, 2014, 10:49 am

All you naysayers forget that London actually contributes to the rest of the country. Londoners live in a more cramped, fast paced place for the benefit of the economy. Investing in London is not at the expense of the rest of the country. Stop being such a bunch of bitter old codgers. You chose a smaller town, and cleaner air because you enjoy living there.


July 31, 2014, 3:21 pm

Sort of get where you're coming from, and I don't necessarily agree with what other people have written, but I think the fact that the rest of the country is struggling for 3G (even 2G in some places!) discussing rolling out 5G to London is a bit of a slap in the face. A lot of rural areas don't even have high speed internet; surely the biggest benefit for 4G and 5G would be in these areas as a means to give access to those who can't access the internet.

You've got to admit is seems a little odd that a 'developed' country is so underdeveloped in so many areas.

Alexzandr Bovary

July 31, 2014, 11:41 pm

It makes sense from an economic perspective as to why London would have privileged access to 5G, but if the whole country is barely covered by 4G, that's embarrassing and politically incorrect. I'm sure the firms would delay their little 5G project if you stopped supporting their profits... Or is that even an option?

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