19:11 13 January 2018
5G mobile data could be tested on the Isle of Wight if the council’s bid to become a part of the government’s Full Fibre programme is successful. This will provide Islanders faster and more reliable download speeds of up to ten gigabits per second. This service can make downloading a full HD movie in a matter of seconds possible.
Two months ago, WightFibre has announced plans to roll out ultrafast full-fibre broadband across the Island.
If successful, Isle of Wight residents will be way ahead of the rest of the UK where 5G is expected to be rolled out on 2020.
Becoming a trial test bed offers a range of benefits for councils and companies. 5G is defined by the UK’s National Infrastracture Commission as “seamless connectivity. Ultra-fast, ultra-reliable, ultra-high capacity transmitting at super low latency. It will support the ever larger data requirements of the existing network and new applications from augmented reality to connected vehicles and the Internet of Things, and many more, as unknowable today as the 4G services we take for granted would have been a decade ago.”
The next generation mobile network is also beneficial to individual users especially those who rely on data packages on their mobile phone for internet access.
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