Interesting companies developing 5G in the UK

These are some of the top companies making 5G developments ahead of the expected roll out in the UK

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As the launch of 5G draws nearer, more and more companies around the world are gearing up with trials of the ultrafast network technology. Cisco predicts that 5G connections will represent over 5 percent of total mobile connections, whilst accounting for nearly 12 percent of global mobile data traffic.

The main advantages of the fifth generation network are vastly increased speed, capacity and ultimately better user experience. 

Although 5G isn't expected to roll out in the UK until 2020, technology giants like Ericsson and BT have long been working towards the development of the network and the public sector has been providing support.

In October 2018, almost £47 million was awarded by the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation to fund major projects focusing on the digital infrastructure development of the capital. The funding comes from a business rate retention scheme that was created in 2017. 

Big-named operators such as EE are expected to roll-out the network by the end of 2019. In fact, Deloitte predicts that UK 5G smartphone shipments will total to about 50,000 in 2019, with a growth of up to three million in 2020.

Here is a list of some companies that have been developing 5G tests and trials in the UK in recent years.

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