World Cup 2018 could feature 5G connectivity thanks to Huawei

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Huawei have teamed up with MegaFon to test 5G connectivity at the World Cup in 2018.

We are only just getting to grips with 4G data connectivity and now these two companies are talking about bringing much faster technology to our smart devices.

Huawei and Russian network operator MegaFon today announced that they would be building the technology capable of producing 5G connection before the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks-off.

There is a downside to this though and it's quite a large one. It's extremely unlikely that anyone will have a mobile phone capable of utilising 5G's ridiculously fast speeds.

As well as developing networking equipment, Huawei also build mobile phones and they have said that they will be dishing some out for the test to take place.

Craig Wigginton, Deloitte's telecom practice leader is quoted by Cnet as saying this deal is purely experimental, and that its testing is just the "natural progression" of advancing network technology.

He did add that by the time the next World Cup comes round carriers should be getting good results from tests like these, but broader releases of 5G tech won't come until after 2020.

In real life practise, 5G should offer substantial improvements over current 4G technology. Last month Samsung tested 5G themselves and the results look pretty staggering; stationary they managed speeds of 7.5 gigabits per second and in a moving vehicle they got speeds of 1.2Gbps.

This would mean intensive tasks like downloading large file films, games and applications would take just a matter of seconds. Real world use might be a bit different though because you have to consider traffic, range and frequencies, but network advancements are always welcome.