London will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson

Stuart O'Connor Internet, Internet Of Things, Mobile phones Leave a Comment

Most of us still struggle to get a decent 3G signal in London, and 4G has barely begun to have an impact (or be affordable).

boris-johnson-london-mayorBut London mayor Boris Badenov … sorry, Johnson … reckons that London will have a 5G mobile network by 2020.

Yes, that’s right, Just six years away. Talk about an optimist.

Johnson told The Daily Telegraph: “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. Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London.”

According to the Telegraph, Johnson will this week unveil the capital’s first long term infrastructure investment plan, will lay out his assessment of London’s needs between now and 2050

Tech Week Europe says that the government is working on the 5G plans with the University of Surrey, which is building a ÂŁ65 million 5G Innovation Centre.

So, just how fast is 5G?

Gizmodo says that as a developing standard, it’s still not certain just how fast 5G will be, but it could be as fast as 250 times the top speeds available to 4G.

Which means that you’ll be able to book that one-way plane ticket out of the UK in about four seconds flat when Johnson becomes PM.

By Stuart O'Connor | July 28th, 2014