It’s incredible to think, but 4G, which still feels like a relatively new technology in the UK, is rapidly approaching its second birthday.
By the time 4G turns 8, its younger, faster brother might well be a reality in London – that’s according to mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson as he looks ahead to space year 2050AD.
Outlining London’s infrastructure needs for the next few decades, the big man reckons 5G will arrive in London as early as 2020, bringing with it the ability to download a film in less than a second.
To be honest, that’s probably a little earlier than we were expecting (some have suggested 2022), though if we’re truly up there with the likes South Korea at the 5G forefront, it is technically possible. Maybe.
"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,” yelled Boris, possibly through a megaphone from the top of the London Eye while wearing a fluffy pink bear costume.
“Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London."
Needless to say, the plans encompass bringing better speeds to all (don’t they always?), and providing more information about speeds to people potentially buying or renting properties.