Britain’s biggest cellular network, EE has revealed this week that the commercial rollout of 5G won’t commence until at least 2022. Currently the company involved in research with the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.
According to a report from Telegraph, Professor Andy Sutton, the company’s principal network architect, claims that 5G networks will deliver 1,000 to 5,000 times more capacity than 3G and 4G networks today. The aim is to create an illusion of “infinite capacity” by always providing sufficient data capacity for any application.
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“When we talk about 5G, we’re talking about a network that may be introduced in about a decade. The standards will be ready by about 2020, and maybe we’ll see some of the Asian operators go a little bit sooner as is generally the norm,” said Professor Andy Sutton, while addressing the Royal Institution in London.
Some countries in Asia have already started trialling 5G. In Japan, NTT DoCoMo is working with six vendors to deliver 10Gbps speeds in some cities, while Samsung in South Korea is also reported to be experimenting.
Meanwhile, EE’s 4G portfolio has more than 3 million subscribers and is yet cover some areas. However, the company’s operations for developing 5G networking are already underway.