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Explain IT: Season 2, Episode 5 - 5G

5G. What is it, how does it work and what's in it for organisations?

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In this episode we talk to our experts about 5G. Our host Michael Bird is joined by Craig Lodzinski, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for emerging technologies and Adam Louca, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for security. Together they explore what the next generation of cellular mobile communication might look like, when we can expect it to emerge, and how, in practical terms, it will benefit us from a personal, as well as business, perspective.

  • 5G is the next generation wireless communication standard, bringing faster speeds, ultra low latency and the 5G new radio standard.
  • 5G will be 20 times faster than 4G, using millimetre wave - a much higher frequency.
  • 5G technology will be used most for IoT devices, with specialist operators using it to collect data. Use cases will range from vehicle to vehicle communication, safety systems and ‘Smart’ infrastructure such as smart cities and smart motorways.
  • We predict that 5G will start to emerge over the next year, with the first devices potentially appearing this year. In 2020 we predict that the first consumer networks may come online.
  • 5G will allow your workforce to truly be mobile, with fast speeds wherever there is coverage, enabling true wireless working.



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