London's mayor claims the city will be 5G-enabled by the end of the decade

London's mayor claims the city will be 5G-enabled by the end of the decade
Although no clear specifications for 5G networks exist just yet, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, promised that the capital will have its own 5G mobile network by the end of 2020. London will build its 5G network in collaboration with the University of Surrey, as the latter is in the process of building a 5G Innovation Center. That being said, 5G is still a developing, conceptual network standard and neither its exact data transfer speeds, nor its working frequencies have been defined yet. All we know is that it will reach mind-bogging speeds, probably up to 10Gbps - hundreds (and even thousands) of times faster than existing 4G networks.

The mayor's main argument is that London is already the “tech capital of Europe” and rolling out a 5G network before everybody else on the continent will further cement the leading position of UK's capital. Johnson unveiled his plans about improving the infrastructure of London this week, and the 5G network is one of the key aspects of his roadmap.


As we revealed more than two months ago, some major manufacturers and carriers, such as Samsung, Nokia, NTT DocoMo, NEC, and others, are already collaborating between each other on the development of 5G networks. The results of said tests will be used by regulatory institutions, which will then define the 5G standards. Thus, mayor Johnson's extremely optimistic promises might be ahead of their time.

source: The Telegraph via Engadget

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13 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Jolly good, Borris ! Now go get a haircut !

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol..!!! or at least he should comb it. It is making me sneeze:)

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

So what will 5G brings??? I read somewhere that With 5G, we’ll see compute capabilities getting fused with communications everywhere. So smart watches like devices don't have to process anything by their own. Sounds cool....

5. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

I heard that with 5G government will be able to control our minds, so this must be a reason Boris wants it so quick.

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Only the ITU can define what 5G specs will be made clear. These carriers and countries are getting ahead of themselves with marketing. Anything to mislead unsuspecting consumers for the sake of sales and attraction. John B.

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Your 3rd shortest ever post. Doesn't look nice Slammer. I'm used to your regular long posts.

6. frustyak

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Right now the Mayor could use some 2G: 1-Groom 2-Gel

7. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

hear hear ;)

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Typical of government: take from the poor for the benefit of the rich. Doesn't London have greater problems than to provide the means to post selfies in Facebook? Besides, by the end of the decade, I bet that many cities will sport 5G, no thanks to mayors, but to engineers.

10. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Improved wireless service does benefit the poor, I'd argue. Terrestrial Internet is more or less a natural monopoly. Wireless is a lot easier to set up because the last-mile is a tower rather than thousands of cables running to each house. Thus, fast and high-capacity wireless service will increase competition, and decrease prices for Internet access. That benefits the poor. What comes with better Internet access? Better services. Many people have saved hundreds of dollars by dropping cable and using online streaming services. Keep improving Internet infrastructure, and we can see even more of this as time goes on. Again, it benefits the poor.

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The poor doesn't have a computer to access the Internet. The poor doesn't have cable or pays for streaming services. The poor is hungry and homeless.

9. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I didn't know Trump had a twin! xD

13. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Is that Gary Busey?

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