What is 5g – and when will it really come? Everything you need to know

What is 5g - and when will it really come? Everything you need to know

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This is 5g
5g in Sweden
Mobiles with 5g support

What is 5g?

5g is the next-generation mobile network where the speed of surfing, coverage and everything else we use today’s mobile network for (lte, which is usually called 4g) will be significantly improved.The speed for 5g is believed to reach up to 10-20 gigabits/second, the network is believed to be ready when it is ready (but realistically you will learn to get up to some gigabit), but above all, significantly more gadgets should be able to be connected at the same time.

So far, only frequencies below 6 GHz have been reserved for mobile networks, but in order to really maximize speeds, 5g will claim frequency bands between 6 GHz and 100 GHz.

Benefits of 5g (in addition to speed)

One of the biggest benefits will be that the latency is significantly reduced. The delay is what makes things you do on your mobile can be experienced as slow, even if you surf the fastest network with the best coverage.

For example, The time it takes from the time you press play on an HD clip online until it actually starts playing should go much faster with 5g. The importance of reducing the delay will not least be important with new technology such as self-driving cars.

Connected gadgets

With more and more things being connected, the so-called “internet of things” or IoT, much more space will be needed if the various frequency bands are not to be cluttered. Everything from mobiles to refrigerators and other gadgets has already started to fight for space.

The goal with 5g is to be able to handle just this. When the EU last year presented its vision for 5g, it was said, among other things, that the networks will be able to handle 20 billion human subscribers and over a trillion internet of things gadgets. In addition, mobile networks must work for terrestrial vehicles at speeds above 500 kilometers per hour and be able to be used to determine the position of a terminal with one meter accuracy.

When will 5g really come?

The technology is expected to be rolled out on a large scale worldwide around the year 2020, but already now the technology has begun to be tested in several places – and in South Korea and the USA, the technology has been launched sharply.

South Korea became the first in the world to roll-out 5g commercially when it launched its new 5g masts in December last year. For the time being, the technology is limited to business users in larger cities but will be gradually rolled out to ordinary consumers and more parts of the country.

The USA was also out early when the operator AT&T opened up 5g networks in 12 American cities at the end of 2018. But so far only a few can use the network and the full speed has not yet been reached. It will probably be later this year before AT&T and other operators start-up 5g on a larger scale.

China is also far ahead in development. However, Chinese companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, have been prevented from participating in the expansion of the networks in the US and Japan for fear of espionage.

Tests have begun in Europe, including in London and Berlin.

5g in Sweden then?

What is 5g - and when will it really come? Everything you need to know

None of the various operators in Sweden yet have an exact date for when the technology will be in operation throughout the country, but tests are ongoing.Most operators have said in previous interviews that the first 5g standard will be ready around 2020, but the technology is already being tested in Sweden. In December 2018, Telia, Ericsson and KTH inaugurated the first 5g network in Sweden, on KTH’s campus in Stockholm. Around the turn of the year, the 5g licenses will begin to be auctioned off.

Mobiles with 5g support

Mobiles with support for the new 5g technology are not far away, and most major manufacturers have models in the works. Here are manufacturers who have confirmed that they work with 5g mobiles.


The first mobile with 5g from the company was the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which was launched in South Korea in April this year. The rest of the world will have to wait, but we do not yet have an expanded 5g network.


In addition to the Xiaomi Mix 3, which is the company’s latest flagship mobile, the company also released a 5G version of the phone, the Xiaomi Mix 3 5G.


Chinese giant Huawei is heavily invested in 5g. They are working hard to build infrastructure for the technology in China, but also in many other countries. The company recently unveiled a completely new type of mobile – a foldable one. But the phone is not only foldable, it also supports 5g. When the Huawei Mate X will be released is still unclear.


Of course, females, which are part of Huawei, also have a 5g mobile phone in the works. The company will showcase the new 5g mobile at an event during Q4 2019.


Lenovo has gone out and promised that the company will release a 5g phone in 2019.


LG unveiled the new LG V50 during the Mobile World Congress in February. In addition to 5g, the phone also has a 4,000 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 855 processor.


Oneplus’ latest flagship phone, the Oneplus 7 Pro, was also released in a 5g variant. The phone sells in the UK, among other places.


Another Chinese manufacturer that has released a 5g mobile. The company unveiled the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year. However, the mobile phone has not been released in Sweden. Here we instead got the 4g variant ZTE Axon Pro.

More manufacturers

In addition to these, more manufacturers have confirmed that they will support the technology, but not when and with which phone models. Including Apple, HTC, Oppo, HMD (Nokia), Vivo, Sony, Asus, Fujitsu, and Sharp.

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