Record speeds already being reached in Sure's 5G trial
Sure has been trialling 5G mobile technology in the Isle of Man since 15 November and it is already achieving never-before-seen mobile internet speeds on its network of 1.2Gbps.
The local telecoms operator has launched an innovative trial for this new technology and has invited hundreds of people to take part and assess 5G for free to evaluate how it can benefit the lives of Manx people and businesses.
To date the 5G trial has reached a top speed of 1.2 Gbps which is significantly faster than the island’s average broadband speed of 11.03Mbps (figure according to cable.co.uk) most people are currently getting on fixed broadband. Sure believes that 5G’s potential is best described as ‘fibre in the air’ as it will exceed the speeds and reliability of fibre broadband without the need for cables.
“To be achieving these record-breaking speeds so early in the trial demonstrates the exciting potential of 5G,” said Mike Phillips, Sure’s chief executive in the Isle of Man.
“Now we’ve established that the 5G network is working so well we’re moving to the next phase of the trial with customers using the technology for the very first time in the Isle of Man.
“We’ll be gathering a lot of great insight and this will help Sure shape the way we plan to deploy and develop our 5G service.
“Bringing gigabit speeds to everyone across the island will enable our customers to do so much more. Initially this will involve downloading and uploading content in seconds, supporting more devices on the network without buffering and connecting everything constantly. The lower latency will allow devices to communicate seamlessly, providing an enhanced experience.”
Sure is trialling 5G in three locations around Douglas for the next three months to assess how customers will use the transformational technology.