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According to the Daily Telegraph the roll out of 5G services across the UK will begin in London in six years' time.

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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.

Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London on which my team will be consulting shortly.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
There is a growing demand for data around the world Credit: PA
  • With current trends, data traffic is expected to increase 1,000 fold by 2020
  • By that time there will be an estimated 50 billion internet-capable devices worldwide

One British based researcher is looking at the next generation of mobile data transfer, or 5G.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli at the University of Surrey has been given a £35 million investment from the UK Government and mobile phone companies worldwide to come up with 5G services.

Speaking shortly after the launch of 4G services last year, he said:

The growth in the number of new applications running on the networks is accelerating, as ever more mobile devices become the preferred route for internet access.

Such unprecedented data traffic growth requires the urgent introduction of new 5G advanced technologies that maximise the use of limited available radio spectrum.


It is hoped that the research will establish the UK as a global leader in 5G technology, reversing a situation in which the country has previously fallen behind.

Although the UK played an active role in the creation of 2G (GSM) cellular standard, it has increasingly fallen behind in succeeding generations 3G and 4G standards.

This proposal is the single biggest opportunity for the UK to regain a world leading position in the development of 5G technologies.