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As we all know from connecting to the web while on the go; the faster the connection speed, the better. And as superfast 4G launched way back in 2012, it’s about time for an upgrade. Luckily, 5G is on the horizon, with plans to begin rolling it out to major cities by mid-2019.

Let’s take a look at what 5G means exactly, and which areas can expect it first.

What is 5G?

5G stands for fifth generation, and it refers to more than just the speed of your smartphone’s internet connection. 5G concerns calls and texts too, and promises a faster, more responsive and overall more reliable mobile network.

As you might have guessed, 5G will be much quicker than both 3G and 4G. To put things into context, the current maximum 4G download speed is 50Mbps. 5G has already demonstrated speeds that are 100 times faster, meaning you’ll be looking at broadband-like speeds directly on your smartphone. You could download a HD movie in seconds, stream 4K without any interruptions and use multiple devices on the same 5G network with ease.

When will 5G be available?

Where you live, and the network you’re with, will affect when 5G will be available to you. 5G will be launched in stages across the UK, with the first UK rollout expected by mid-2019.

You’ll need a 5G compatible phone, however, to be able to take advantage of the new technology. You can expect plenty of new launches in 2019, so keep your eyes peeled.

Which cities can you expect 5G first?

EE announced that the first six UK cities to receive 5G will be London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Following this, a further ten cities will be up next: Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Hull, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

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