Messages about 5G appear almost every day. This super fast network, the successor of the current 4G, is going to change a lot in the world. The arrival of 5G ensures that major innovations become possible. A number of initiatives have already been set up in The Hague that will start when the rollout takes place, such as fire alarms that are connected to each other via 5G and warn local residents in an emergency situation.
Endless streaming and connecting
New doors will also be opened in your life with the arrival of 5G. You not only benefit from much faster mobile internet, but we will also soon be connected to each other much faster and more easily. Streaming videos without problems, better traffic flow and a solution for parking problems: 5G will make it possible. In places where many people come together, your connection remains fast and reliable. So you can also stream live performances on King’s Day and during festivals.
Internet of Things (IoT)
You must have heard of it Internet of Things (IoT), a network of smart devices that are connected to each other via the internet. These are not just smartphones and computers, more and more intelligent equipment is coming onto the market. And you also use that in daily life. Just think of smart thermostats, a car that you can read remotely with your smartphone and the lights in your house that you switch off with voice control.
Worldwide, but also in the Netherlands, many major plans are being made in the area of care, safety and mobility that will soon be realistic thanks to 5G. The impact is greater than you may think. For example, thanks to 5G, doctors can operate from home in the near future, while watching live what is happening on the operating table.
The Hague as a testing ground
Did you know the Hague, as the first city in the Netherlands, has a mobile network that is fully equipped for 5G? T-Mobile is working with the municipality on the ambition to be the first to provide our royal city with a full-coverage 5G network. The Netherlands is thus in line with the ambitions of the European Commission to have at least one large city in which 5G is available in every EU country by 2020. The Hague is already being prepared for this, the network is technically ready and even tested. Immediately after the launch, a start is made with the rollout of various local projects that are in the starting blocks in areas such as safety and mobility. Where the VeiligBuurt-App is a good example, this app can connect all fire alarms in the area with 5G. In the case of an emergency situation in the area, everyone connected is notified.
How does 5G work?
For T-Mobile, the establishment of the Hague network is the first step on the road to the rollout of a nationwide 5G network. Compared to 4G, 5G provides a much faster data transfer, a shorter response time (also called low latency called) and more reliable connections. Moreover, it is possible to connect more devices wirelessly at the same time. Wireless mobile communication uses frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum, just like 3G and 4G do. The difference with 5G is that new technology is used that achieves higher data rates. After the auction, more frequencies will be made available in the coming years and the possibilities and speeds of 5G will increase further.