5G in London by 2020 promises Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s pledged to improve internet access across London, with 5G mobile broadband and more information about broadband speeds in different parts of the city.

4G mobile broadband is still relatively new to the UK, but Boris Johnson's already turning his attention to the next big thing. London's Mayor has promised that 5G will be available in the big city by 2020.

Johnson will announce the project - a collaboration with the University of Surrey - this week, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Few people know what to expect from 5G, but some experts have speculated that it could deliver speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. That would make it fast enough to download an HD movie in just a few seconds, for example.

London's 5G is likely to be a limited rollout though. Most networks are still in the process of delivering 4G, and even EE - the most established 4G network in the UK - has stated that it doesn't plan on starting 5G rollout proper until after 2020.

As well as establishing blisteringly fast mobile broadband, Boris Johnson pledged that more accurate information about fixed line broadband would also be available in London, giving accurate speeds for individual properties for both businesses and tenants. That data will be used to create a map of London's internet infrastructure that shows where more development is needed to improve internet availability.

Johnson said that it's likely that a mixture of new technology and fixed line broadband will be necessary to plug those gaps.

Johnson said: "London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe and that is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity. Londoners increasingly regard broadband as another utility and I am expecting a wide variety of providers will want to work with me to make this aspiration a reality."

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