We are living in a time of rapid change. A time where digitalisation is touching every aspect of our lives – home, work, business, health, education, leisure. But what’s powering this dramatic change? In this new series from Vodafone, we shine a light on the tech behind the innovation to help you understand how it is all linked. Welcome to the first edition of Spotlight Stories. Here, we take a look at 5G, the next generation mobile network that is starting to revolutionise how we connect with people, places and machines.
“The potential of 5G goes far beyond ultra-fast connectivity. 5G will sit at the heart of new technologies – transforming consumer experiences, powering the future of business and Industry 4.0, connecting billions of IoT devices in sectors like healthcare, agriculture and automotive – and we are only starting to unlock its full capabilities.”
JOHAN WIBERGH, CTO, VODAFONE
A mechanic uses augmented reality to maintain an aircraft while being nowhere near it.
First responders know exactly what a patient’s injuries are before the ambulance is at the scene.
And all this is done without pictures dropping, or videos buffering, or audio being lost.
The connection? 5G.
Blind and visually impaired people are accessing new experiences - guided in real-time
5G faɪvˈdʒiː noun
Fifth generation network with greater bandwidth, better connectivity and lower latency than 4G.
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ANYWHERE TO ANYONE,
no matter where you are in the world. Connections are faster and more stable on a 5G network.
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5G can handle thousands more devices on the same network at the same time.
NO BANDWIDTH PROBLEMS.
5G uses higher radio frequencies than older generations. This means there’s less traffic, so 5G networks can carry more information faster.
They also use a variety of antennae and transmitters to boost the network's signal and its capacity, which means 5G can connect significantly more devices than older networks.
This means we can deliver the right slice to customers based on how it is being used, and no one will suffer from networks being overloaded. Businesses could also have their own 5G networks, protecting their traffic and connectivity, and ensuring services don’t drop.
Networks can be sliced by 5G, so that multiple virtual networks can be created from a physical one.
Yes. Exposure to the radio frequency waves 5G uses is very low relative to international exposure limits, and the waves emitted from 5G devices are different to those linked with cancer.
Is 5G safe?