Everything you need to know about 5G technology and IoT

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks. Like its predecessors, 5G takes what the previous generation built and makes it better, faster, and stronger. And the best part? It’s going to open up a whole new connected world in the process.

How fast is 5G?

In a word: Very. 5G is going to be at least 10x faster than 4G, reaching everyday usage speeds of 200Mb per second. In fact, at its theoretical best, Ofcom reports 5G reaching a peak of 10-20 gigabits per second. That means you’ll be saying goodbye to video buffering, and hello to downloading the entirety of Breaking Bad within minutes.

Is 5G just a faster 4G?

Nope! 5G is set to revolutionise IoT—and not just because of its lightning fast speeds.

It’s low latency, can connect up to 1 million devices per square kilometre (that’s a lot of devices in one small space), and ultra reliable, making it perfect for masses of sensors, remote surgeries, self-driving cars, virtual reality, and even home broadband, to name just a few.

What does 5G mean for our connected IoT world?

Each of 5G’s unique characteristics will open doors to incredible feats of technology—creating IoT solutions that will change our connected world.

Check out 5G’s characteristics and the three main uses cases they create by hovering over each scene below.

What 5G powered IoT solutions are there for different sectors?

5G IoT in mobility and transport


With endless possibilities, 5G IoT solutions are on course to make transport safer, greener, and more efficient.

– Vehicle-to-vehicle communication
– Autonomous platooning
– Smart traffic control
– Predictive maintenance and monitoring
– In-car infotainment

5G IoT in entertainment and media


How we consume and engage with media will never be the same again, with 5G powered multi-sensory experiences that rival the real thing. The future of entertainment is here.

– Immersive AR/VR
– Ultra-High-Definition video
– Connected haptics
– 3D displays
– eSports
– In-car entertainment

Remote worker using multi-network SIMs


5G will digitise decision-making for suppliers, enabling them to meet energy demands and cut costs, while consumers and businesses alike can control their usage with smarter, up-to-the-second energy insights.

– Smart energy grids
– Smart buildings
– Smart street lighting
– Remote management of renewable energy equipment
– Hazard and maintenance sensing

Ambulances using 5G URLLC for video compression and triage back to a hospital


5G is already revolutionising the way we treat patients and care for our everyday health—making high-quality and preventative healthcare more accessible than ever.

– Remote patient monitoring
– Remote surgery
– On-the-move triage
– AR/VR training
– Disease management

5G IoT in financial services

Financial Services

5G will reform banks and financial institutions, paving the way for fintech and highly personalised services for consumers.

– Mobile banking
– Wearable devices
– Biometric multi-layered authentication
– Personalised AI financial assistants
– Remote tellers
– Data driven insurance

Manufacturing eSIM IoT devices


The 5G factory floor will benefit from lower operational costs, enhanced efficiencies, and smarter, more accurate automation.

– Human-robot collaboration
– Remote and predictive maintenance
– Digital twinning
– AR/VR testing and training

5G IoT in retail


From driving efficiencies behind the scenes in the supply chain, to crafting personalised in-store experiences, no stone will be left unturned when it comes to 5G IoT in retail.

– Supply chain optimisation
– Try-before-you-buy AR/VR
– Automated checkouts
– Personalised in-store adverts and promotions
– Smart inventory management

Where can I get 5G?

Good question. We’ve made it easy for all our partners to deploy 5G solutions with our coverage checker.
View our 5G coverage map
On-demand backup and Pre-Ethernet using 4G mobile L2TP

How do I get started?

Using our new 5G router, you can now give your customers 5G connectivity with optional public static IPs across a range of UK networks.

Check out our 5G-ready routers and our 5G-powered connectivity solutions to see how we can set you and your clients up with a 5G strategy now, not later.

View our 5G connectivity solutions

Our 5G project

Transforming emergency services with URLLC
With funding from Innovate UK, we’re working with Kingston University to develop and deploy a world-first: Enhanced video compression and data transfer capabilities over 5G URLLC.

The tech will take advantage of the low latency, ultra reliable connectivity 5G offers, meaning it will offer some seriously powerful IoT applications—particularly within critical emergency services where every second counts.

Learn more about our 5G project

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