What Is 5G Technology?

At Quickline our 5G network uses advanced wireless technology to access high speeds for faster downloads, smoother video streaming and improved overall performance; but what is 5G technology?

What Is 5G Wireless Technology. Quickline customers sat browsing the web with superfast broadband

At Quickline we’re rolling out a market-leading hybrid network, combining full fibre and fixed wireless broadband that enables us to reach even the most remote rural locations.

Our proposition is unique because we build and operate our own broadband network which means we can connect rural communities to fast and reliable internet access, using the most efficient technology for the terrain.

Our network ensures fast speeds and a reliable connection for residential and business customers, delivering unparalleled performance and stability.

When a very remote area is too challenging to reach by fibre, we integrate fixed wireless technology into our network. We position wireless access points and receivers strategically to reach areas where laying fibre is economically or geographically impractical.

And now we are deploying the very latest, fixed 5G technology on our network which means faster speeds of up to 200Mbps and improved reliability for our customers.

This innovative approach allows us to bridge the digital divide and provide high-quality internet services to communities that other providers have left behind.

And we are always investing in cutting-edge technology, upgrading and expanding our network to keep pace with changing demands. We routinely monitor, maintain and troubleshoot to ensure our customers experience a seamless and uninterrupted online experience.

We passionately believe fast and reliable internet access should be available to everyone, regardless of where they live. By blending the power of fibre and fixed wireless 5G technology, we are dedicated to connecting even the most rural communities to a world of possibilities.

What is fixed wireless 5G?

A fixed wireless 5G network like the one deployed by Quickline is built entirely on 5G technology, unlike the more typical 5G networks which are built onto existing 4G networks. At Quickline our 5G network uses advanced wireless technology to access high speeds for faster downloads, smoother video streaming and improved overall performance.

5G – isn’t that just mobile?

5G mobile networks are designed to provide wireless connectivity to mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. The main aim being to offer high speed reliable wireless connection while on the move. The networks cover large geographical areas such as a city so people can access it as they move across different coverage areas.

Meanwhile 5G fixed wireless networks primarily deliver broadband connectivity to fixed locations like homes and businesses. They offer an alternative to traditional wired connections like fibre broadband. A wireless base station is installed at a fixed location, typically on a tower or rooftop. This communicates directly with customer premises equipment, such as a modem or router, located in the premises. That then distributes the wireless signal around the premises using Wi-Fi or wired connections.

So what are the main differences?

Mobility: A 5G mobile network is designed to provide seamless connectivity while on the move, enabling users to stay connected as they travel.

5G fixed wireless network caters to stationary locations and do not support mobility across different coverage areas.

Infrastructure: A 5G mobile network requires a more extensive infrastructure of cell towers and base stations to cover large areas.

5G fixed wireless typically involves fewer base stations, focusing on specific areas.

Capacity: A 5G mobile network is designed to handle a large number of simultaneous connections from mobile devices in densely populated areas.

5G fixed wireless networks are usually deployed to serve a limited number of fixed locations, allowing for higher capacity per user.

Speed and latency: A 5G mobile network may have varying speeds and latency depending on the number of users and network congestion.

A 5G fixed wireless network is dedicated to specific locations so can offer more consistent speeds and lower latency.

How do we deliver 5G fixed wireless access?

We use specialised equipment called 5G masts or cell towers. These towers are built and placed in different locations to ensure broad coverage. They transmit and receive signals wirelessly to communicate with your devices in the home.

How is it different to fibre?

Fibre broadband is deployed through fibre optic cables while 5G fixed wireless broadband is delivered through radio signals transmitted through the air. Because 5G doesn’t use cables we don’t need to dig roads or your garden to get you connected to ultrafast Internet.

How is it installed into my property?

We install a receiver called an ODU on the outside of your home or business, directed at our closest 5G mast. Sometimes we’ll use an additional dish to amplify the 5G Internet signal to deliver the best speed and reliability.

Inside your home you’ll have a fast Wi-Fi 6 router for your devices to access the internet. This acts as a bridge between the 5G network and your devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers. It is connected to the nearest 5G mast to establish a high speed wireless connection.

When you want to access the internet, you simply connect to the 5G router using Wi-Fi just like with a traditional Wi-Fi router. The 5G router then communicates with the 5G mast to send and receive data.

What speeds can I get on 5G?

Currently our 5G broadband offers speeds up to 200Mbps, allowing you to carry out a multitude of activities online simultaneously. And because we are continually investing in and developing our technology, these speeds will increase over time. When they are available, we’ll let you know so you can upgrade in the future if you wish to do so.

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