What is 5G?

5G is the next generation mobile and wireless connectivity system. Key requirements are that it should offer far greater capacity and be more responsive to users’ needs, more energy-efficient and more cost-effective than anything that has gone before.

The race to 5G

Discover the 5G Innovation centre's work and what 5G will mean for the future

The need for the 5G network is being driven by the ever-increasing demand for mobile data and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), through which billions of devices will become connected. In the future, technologies such as Smart Cities, non-intrusive healthcare and advanced logistics will require much shorter network response times to enable very rapid reactions. At the same time there is a pressing need to reduce end user costs (to ensure applications are widely accessible) and to minimise energy consumption.

To meet these requirements, a range of tactics need to be employed including:

  • More accurately predicting user demand so that applications perform bandwidth-heavy tasks
  • Making better use of all available wireless networks for ultra-high reliability.

Ultimately, the 5G network will need to be flexible enough to evolve, adapt and grow for as yet unforeseeable applications – just as the internet has.

Find out more

More information on 5G is available from the publications section, where we have extracted all the distinctive ideas from around the world and in particular from those leading organisations and industrial companies who are likely to have the most impact in shaping the direction of 5G.

Visit the GSMA website for more information on the global mobile economy.

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5G Innovation Centre
University of Surrey