British network operator EE turned on the UK’s first 5G network late last month in London and many other cities. As a London resident, I’ve had a chance to test out this new 5G network for at least a week now and get a better feel for the early days of 5G. We’ve heard a lot of hype about what 5G will offer, but right now 5G in the UK is launching initially on sub-6GHz frequencies, so a lot of that hype hasn’t come to pass. Sub-6GHz frequencies are great for more coverage, but they don’t have all the speed and bandwidth benefits that 5G has been promising to bring.
After testing for more than a week with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, I would absolutely wait on the next 5G modems, more coverage, and network improvements before spending money on a 5G handset and contract right now. The network operators have raced to complete a 5G network, but it needs more time in the oven to be fully baked.
SPEEDS AND COVERAGE
Speed has always been the most obvious 5G benefit. I saw some truly impressive 5G speeds during my first few hours of testing in London, but I haven’t been able to replicate them with consistency. On average, I’d say speeds were around 200Mbps in most 5G coverage areas. That’s still an impressive jump over the 4G speeds I’ve witnessed in busy spots like London’s many train stations. These areas have become choke points for 4G during morning commutes, but just outside London Bridge, I recorded 130Mbps on 5G vs. 530Kbps on 4G.
Along the Strand near Charing Cross Station, I was able to consistently record speeds in excess of 300Mbps during busy times of the day. A lot of the time these speeds would even break past 400Mbps. These seem to be the consistent 5G top speeds in all the big areas covered in London, but I could occasionally hit 500Mbps or 600Mbps and beyond. I recorded 980Mbps on a single occasion, but I was never able to reach that speed again during all of my tests. #tech #technology #post #software #fb #socialmedia #technologies #twitter #motivation #instagram #instagrammers #photography #photographer #picoftheday #photooftheday #photo #pictureoftheday #photoofday #summer #instagood #instagram #instapic #instafit #inspiration #instagramers #instagramhub