5G has already arrived in the UK
The UK operator EE is the first in the UK to implement 5G technology. From now on UK citizens will have access to 5G technology only if they have a compatible plan. More importantly, they will have to have a mobile phone that supports this technology whose options are already limited.
High prices and low speeds
The plans made available are far from economical. At this time, it is only possible to have a 5G plan with the joint acquisition of a mobile phone. Plans range from 54 pounds to 69 pounds with 30 GB of traffic included . Considering that the 5G has a theoretical speed of 20 GB per second, this traffic would be consumed in an instant.
However, initially, users will not be able to make transfers at such mind-boggling speeds. Because the technology is new, users will have access to speeds of 150-200Mbps . These will be the actual 5G speeds, at least in the early years. Its theoretical speeds can reach 50 GB per second.
Regarding latency or delay, users who play online will end up having the same experience. The 5G and 4G currently share the same delay of 20 milliseconds. However, EE claims that over the years it aims to reduce the delay to 10 milliseconds.
What are the mobile phones available with 5G?
Currently, EE has four mobile phones for sale.
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
- Oppo Reno 5G
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Only OnePlus 7 Pro is willing to assist you. The remaining mobile phones are available only by pre-order.
Oh, Portugal, what are you waiting for?
Recently, at an Altice event, Alberto Souto de Miranda stated that Portugal will present its strategy for 5G in September. It is very likely that this strategy will involve MEO / Altice.
However, do not expect big news in September. These implementations take time and a massive investment of time and money for the 5G to land in the Portuguese Lands.
As a carrier also present in the UK, Vodafone is also a strong candidate for the implementation of 5G in Portugal. We can see a race between MEO and Vodafone as we have seen in fiber optic speeds.