5G Ready – Play launches superfast mobile network

Play operator has launched an advertising campaign called 5G Ready. What is behind this term? Superfast mobile Internet, but to use it one must meet appropriate technical conditions. At the same time the operator announced the first tests of the actual 5G network.

5G – what is the technology that will change the internet?

The term “5G Ready” does not mean that Play network has launched a 5G offer. It is a form of marketing and informing users that the operator’s offer includes mobile Internet with speeds of about 80-100 Mbps, which can reach up to 300-500 Mbps in optimal conditions (data provided by Play).

The topic of 5G is currently on everyone’s lips, especially after the end of the world’s largest telecommunications event – MWC 2019 (read more here), so the carrier’s use of the term “5G Ready” is not surprising.

Play says it is ready to deploy 5G technology, assuring that by the end of the year the operator will launch six test sites in Poland where 5G proper can be tested.

In 2018, Play built as many as 1,316 transmitters, meaning it now has more than 7,000 as planned, and will have 9,500 working stations by the end of 2021. This will allow it to switch off national roaming and thus become independent of other operators.

Areas with 5G Ready Play account for 15 percent of the operator’s network nationwide.

5G Ready uses the following technologies:

MIMO4x4 – (mutiple-input and multiple-output) – increasing the number of antennas receiving and sending signals, this technology allows to increase the speed of data transmission.

Bands aggregationThis technology makes it possible to use the Internet with even greater speed

Modulation (256QAM) – Quadrature Amplitude Modulation – allows you to send more data at the same time, which means that when you send a file or download pictures from the internet, you will send and download them faster than before, or you will be able to download or send even larger files at the same time that you used to send the smaller ones.

Phase synchronization is needed for dynamic frequency sharing between technologies, mitigation and elimination of network interference, and the ability to use the resources of two base stations simultaneously.

Cloud Air allows the same bandwidth to be dynamically shared between different technologies (e.g. LTE and GSM) – this is shifting network resources depending on the demand for a particular technology.

What does it take to use 5G Ready?

– You need to be within range of a 5G Ready transmitter,

– have a smartphone or a mobile router, which are recommended. For starters, the following models are: Samsung Galaxy S10E, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+, LG V30, LG G7 ThinQ, LG V40, Sony XPERIA XZ3, Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Apple iPhone XS, Apple iPhone XS Max and wifi router: Netgear Nighthawk. All of the recently unveiled flagships from leading manufacturers meet 5G Ready requirements.

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