What is 5G?

Futuristic landscape drawn on top of Millennium Square

Billennium Square by Duncan Speakman and Uninvited Guests

The Government are investing in a world-class 5G technology test network that aims to put Britain at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology and Bristol has been awarded £16m to develop the cutting-edge 5G test network - The Layered Reality Weekend is part of this test network.

5G isn't just about improving the speed of 4G (or 3G if you are still stuck with that). The difference that 5G will make is that you will no longer be scrambling around for reliable speeds and getting frustrated with lack of coverage, instead you will be have seamless and reliable high speed connection, whether indoors or in really populated areas.  The 5G network will have the capability to support an enormous increase in simultaneously connected devices, so we’ll probably see a major increase in connected objects in the household as well as in public spaces.

 The most significant change, however, will be no more latency (the delay or lag in between request and response). With 5G the network responses will be well under 10 milliseconds, opening up a world of possibilities for augmented reality apps on your phone, mobile virtual reality games and even health applications such as remote surgery.

 The Government are investing in a world-class 5G technology test network that aims to put Britain at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology - potentially adding up to £173 billion to the economy by 2030. Experts from leading 5G research institutions at King’s College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol, have been awarded £16m to develop the cutting-edge 5G test network which will see academic expertise and commercial leadership brought together to trial the technology and make sure people and businesses can enjoy the benefits sooner.

 The Bristol 5G test network is led by the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase is part of this research and testing.

About The Bristol 5G Test Network

The Bristol 5G test network is led by the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and the Layered Realities Weekend is part of this research and testing.

Smart Internet Lab has secured funds to establish ‘5GUK Test Networks’ a national asset, funded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) ‘5GUK Test Networks’. The Layered Realities weekend, 5G showcase brings together the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab and Watershed, We The Curious, BT, Nokia, Zeetta, Cambridge Communications Systems, PureLiFi and BiO.

The Layered Realities Weekend, 5G Showcase is produced by Watershed on behalf of the Smart Internet Lab, University of Bristol.