The new network edge: what’s the point of 5G?

For most consumers 5G seems like 4G, only faster. But the new cellular data standard has important implications for industry, and will develop entirely novel uses cases

5G is about more than just smartphones. Picture: Getty

If the pitch for 5G was more bandwidth or faster mobile connectivity then, so far at least, it has been a disappointment. Not because it has failed to provide either, but simply because 4G is already doing a good job.

However, the actual pitch for 5G is about more than just smartphones: the new 5G cellular networks are fundamentally different to those that went before, and how we come to use this new network design ...