Prime Minister David Cameron has trumpeted the next generation of mobile broadband after the UK joined forces with Germany to develop the technology, claiming that 5G customers will be able to download an 800MB file in just one second.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of CeBIT 2014, the world’s largest computer expo in Germany, Mr Cameron revealed that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are working together to push the boundaries of internet technology, which includes a key focus on 5G services.
"I am delighted to announce a new collaboration between the University of Dresden, King’s College University in London and the University of Surrey. Three world-leading universities working on 5G hand in hand – that is something to be truly excited about," he explained.
The Prime Minister also set out a long-term goal to "completely eliminate" mobile roaming charges, which would be of benefit to businesses and consumers alike across the continent.
Finally, he outlined a renewed focus on the internet of things, to enable "literally billions of everyday objects" to communicate with each other over the internet through the use of low-cost, low-power chips.
Research and development groups currently working on 5G are targeting a top Mobile Broadband speed of 10Gbps, which would be sufficient to download an 800MB film in one second or even slightly less. However, the average 5G speed is likely to be much slower than 10Gbps, while still being far faster than the current pace of 4G.
In order to further the development of 5G and the other benchmarks set out in his speech, Mr Cameron has pledged £73 million to "put the boosters under research" and also launched a European Internet of Things Grant, which is worth up to £1 million for organisations that utilise the new opportunities.
In spite of the advancements, it may be some time before 5G becomes standard, as the technology has yet to even be developed and defined, while legislative delays and re-purposing of existing spectrum mean that businesses and consumers may not benefit from next generation technology until 2020.