5G is fast. Faster than anything you’ve seen before. But what are the facts and figures behind the (mightily impressive) headlines? If you’ve been wondering what 5G speeds you can achieve on the UK’s number one network, or how fast you can ping data over the 5G airwaves, we’ve got the answers.
Here’s everything you need to know about 5G speeds.
How fast is 5G in Mb/s?
Up till now, we’ve tended to talk about download speeds in megabits per second (Mb/s). The more Mb/s, the faster your speed. With 4G on EE, average download speeds are around 30 Mb/s.
5G takes things to a whole new level – we’ll even need a new abbreviation. That’s because 5G speeds could reach 1000 Mb/s – or 1 gigabit per second (1Gb/s).
How fast is 5G in the UK?
The magic number of 1Gb/s will require all our 5G infrastructure to be up and running, and we’re still in the early days. But with a 5G phone and 5GEE plan, right now, you can expect maximum download speeds of around 100 Mb/s in some of the UK’s busiest cities and towns.
Is 5G really that much faster than 4G?
When 4G first hit the UK, it was a revolution. 4G speeds made so much possible – so many of the apps we rely on today, from those that help us hitch a ride to booking a holiday, wouldn’t work without it.
5G isn’t a replacement for 4G, but it adds another level.
All wireless communications take place over radiofrequencies. 5G mainly uses higher frequencies than 4G, and it’s those higher frequencies that make 5G faster.
What frequencies does 5G use?
Our 5G network is currently using frequencies around 3.4 gigahertz (GHz), while our 2G, 3G and 4G networks use frequencies ranging from around 800 megahertz (MHz) to 2.6 GHz.
Is 5G faster than broadband?
With such impressive 5G speeds, you might be wondering if you still need conventional (fixed line) broadband? Should you embrace the mobile revolution and opt for a 5G router instead?
A 5G router could be a great option if you’re in a 5G area that doesn’t get great fixed line broadband, because 5G WiFi could give you equivalent download speeds to ultrafast fibre broadband (that’s over 300 Mb/s).
I’m convinced! How do I get a 5G phone?
We have the latest 5G phones and a great range of 5G plans to take care of all your data needs.