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Everything you need to know about 5G

5G is finally here. After months of intense build up, the fifth generation of mobile networks is starting to be rolled out, bringing with it promises of faster connectivity, more reliability and lower internet congestion. The 5G network follows previous generations of 2G, 3G and, most recently, 4G.

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of the network, here are a few questions you might want answering before you take the 5G plunge.

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation of mobile network connectivity. It is the successor to the current broadband connection, 4G, and will transform internet connectivity forever. 5G will make everything faster; data transfers, uploads speeds, download speeds, and will enable more stable connections with wider coverage. Not only will it be faster than ever before, it will be able to send more information between devices, meaning faster response times and a reduction in latency.

For users, 5G will do everything that 3G and 4G enabled you to do; browse, share, watch and stream, however it will also open up a whole new world of opportunities, including transformational growth with IoT, AR and AI capabilities. The hyper-connectivity that 5G brings between smart devices and machines will result in intelligent new processes that have never been possible before now.

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How fast is 5G?

5G is fast. Faster than fast. In fact, probably the only connotation that comes to mind when you hear 5G, is the word fast. It’s grabbing headlines due to its likely speeds expected to reach in excess of 1Gb/s and projected speeds for the future could see speeds of 10Gb/s, which is 100 times faster than 4G.

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To put into perspective how fast that actually is, currently your average HD film may take a day to download with 3G coverage and around 10 minutes on 4G. If on 5G, the same film will be downloaded is around 5 seconds. That’s a whole lot of film watching!

How does 5G work?

Alike to its predecessors, 5G will carry communications wirelessly over the air via radio frequencies. 5G uses an advanced radio frequency to transfer data faster and more efficiently. The radio frequencies are higher and shorter, meaning less congesting internet traffic and more available bandwidth for the information to be sent.

Although these higher bands are faster than previously seen, they are less well suited to carry information over long distances because of their shorter wavelengths. The frequency can also be blocked by physical objects such as building and trees, so you might see clusters of smaller masts closer together in order to boost capacity between single standalone masts.

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Before 5G, MIMO (multiple-input/multiple-output) technology was used to send and receive data signals between several antennas simultaneously. 5G upgrades this digital technology to Massive MIMO, meaning that rather than just a handful of antennas sharing information, now a few hundred will be. Algorithms for Massive MIMO are able to plot the best transmission route through the air to each user. For users, this means 5G can serve multiple users and multiple devices simultaneously, while still maintaining speed and consistency.

How is 5G different to 4G?

It’s a common misconception that 5G is just a faster version of 4G. Yes, it is faster than 4G and it is an improvement of 4G, but 5G isn’t just a step up from its forerunner, like 4G was to 3G. 5G will be the driving force for a digital revolution.

Each generation prior to 5G has brought its own benefits. 2G connectivity saw the birth of basic internet, texts and MMS. 3G upgraded to better internet, streaming and basic video calling. 4G was a game changer and made speeds up to 500 times faster than 3G, allowing for outside speeds to compete with home broadband. 4G brought high-quality video calling, supported HD TV on mobile, and super-fast mobile browsing. All of which were essential as the proliferation of smartphones and tablets evolved from what once came before.

5G is almost compulsory as the world now paves the way for a new era of technology and creates new economic opportunity; including IoT, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and autonomous machines. 5G has been referred to as “the network of networks”, and will be encoded into technologies ‘DNA’ for both business and in the home. Less interference and better efficiency that comes with 5G will support the introduction of smart cities, and a smart world.

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What will 5G enable us to do?

5G will enable us to do everything we do now, only faster, smarter and more efficiently. Day to day, 5G will allow for clearer calling with less background noise, while making and receiving calls and using data won’t interrupt download speeds, and there will be less pixelation and buffering when making video calls. Using 5G at home and out and about will keep you connected instantly, as it’s expected to be faster than most fixed line broadband.

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For consumers, imagine smart homes and smart work spaces. Alike to when you unlock your car with central locking, imagine unlocking your house without a physical key. Once inside, a smart home can have your lights already turned on and is already at your desired temperature. Moving from room to room will turn more lights on and switch off the rooms you’ve left. Currently, ownership of smart home devices, which are examples of IoT devices embedded with sensors and other electronics to send and receive data over a network, has doubled since 2016. A statistic which is likely to increase with the advantage of IoT.

How will 5G reduce latency?

One of the key differentiators between 5G and its predecessors is the reduction in latency. For those that are unaware of what latency is, it’s the time it takes devices to communicate wirelessly with each other; it’s the time taken for data to reach its destination via the network and back again (such as a text message from one phone to another and the sender receiving a Delivered notification). Whilst your device is transferring data, latency is the measure of delay, measured in milliseconds.

Online, latency is seen as responsiveness. For example, how long a web page takes to load. Latency occurs when the devices are on a slow network and the bandwidth capacity cannot support the large transfer of data being sent.

With the speeds, bandwidth, and capacity that 5G brings, these issues are now a thing of the past. 5G will increase the rate in which data can be transferred and cuts down the response time to 1-10 milliseconds (the time on 4G was 30-50 milliseconds). This means you can expect lightning fast connectivity and responsiveness, without any lag time. This will be imperative for mission critical services as they rely on network connectivity to transfer data.

What will 5G mean for businesses?       

For business, 5G will fuel the growth in certain industries by unlocking business potential. Expect to see automated factories, remote health care and autonomous vehicles. Expect faster downloads and better connectivity, and see a rise of IoT, AR and AI as 5G aims to power the rise.

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5G will change advance offerings from communication service providers; 4G rearranged the landscape with data packages outweighing voice and SMS, and now 5G will change the game again as providers can offer more cost-efficient services (10x lower cost per gigabyte than current 4G).

With 5G comes ‘network slicing’, where operators will be able to slice the 5G network to allocate capacity matching specific requirements. This is a game changer for network management and demonstrates the adaptiveness of 5G. Consumers downloading films, IoT devices transferring data and automonmous cars will each have different network requirements, the latter needing enough to enable responsiveness and little latency.

Businesses will be able to rent a 5G slice for their requirements, which will be an isolated network connection without any surrounding congestion.

5G and IoT

IoT in business has been gradually growing over the past few years, with businesses of all sizes seeing the benefits it can bring. With 5G this will only accelerate, as the new fifth generation network will help collect and transfer huge amounts of data in an efficient, responsive and high-speed way.

5G will set itself aside from previous networks in IoT, as current wireless infrastructure hasn’t got the capacity to accommodate the mass of devices exchanging information, without slight lags. 5G will provide the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data and will support the devices that demand internet access, as many require a higher bandwidth to cope.

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Has 5G already been rolled out?

Most countries can expect to have access to 5G by 2020, however some networks across the globe have already made 5G commercially available. In the UK, EE was the first network to make 5G available in 5 UK cites. Vodafone has also rolled out its 5G network in 7 UK cities. Both networks have plans to have more cities connected by the end of 2019. In the US, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint has all made 5G available in certain parts of the country.

Further afield, in South Korea, SK Telecom and KT have each rolled out 5G, along with Ooredoo in Qatar.

Does 5G mean the end of fixed line services?

5G is said to be as fast and as reliable as fixed line services, including home broadband, leading some to wonder whether ending fixed-line contracts is the best move. Many will still prefer the stability and certainty of physical wires, however good wireless connectivity becomes.

5G, as it continues to be rolled out, will aim to be a complementary service for users when out and about rather than a replacement to fixed line. This is likely as as many telecoms companies have spent years investing in fibre optic and copper wire fixed line broadband and would be reluctant to switch to wireless as soon as it’s available. Those wanting to ditch their fixed line should also consider the stability of the connection as full-fibre services will beat 5G as it stands, as it connects to the mobile mast without dropping signal strength when a bus or lorry becomes an obstacle to 5G waves.

It’s likely that domestic and office broadband will stick with being primarily fixed line for the upcoming years, although fixed wireless access may be made available when needed.

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Cellhire set to be major service provider to attendees visiting Japan in 2019/2020

Japan is set to host two of the biggest sporting events in the world over the next couple of years; the Rugby World Cup is fast approaching in September and the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics is closely behind. These events are set to be huge for Japan, expecting to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and many more watching from across the world. The last Olympic Games attracted over 3.6 billion viewers worldwide, and the sheer sense of patriotism that comes accompanied with the games, is only expected to grow from each competing country.

This will be the first time Asia has hosted the Rugby World Cup tournament and Japan hasn’t hosted the Olympics since the 1998 Winter Games. Expecting huge numbers, Cellhire is ready and waiting for the excess of visitors, thanks to its Japanese office, which is preparing to provide visitors with local, in-country mobile connectivity whilst in Japan, in the forms of airtime, devices, SIMs and mobile hotspots.

Crowd of People Crossing Street in Tokyo, JapanCellhire already has an excellent global track record in the sports and entertainment fields, proven by having provided tens of thousands of connections at major events through the close relationships with network providers around the world.

Experts in the field of worldwide connectivity, Cellhire is also an expert in the Japan region, having provided thousands of non-event business and consumer products and solutions since its opening nearly 15 years ago.

Similarly to previous worldwide events, Cellhire has teamed up with local networks to offer attendees unparalleled, fast and outstanding coverage across the whole of Japan, including host venues and the travel between them. As the latest addition to the over 50 network partnerships Cellhire already maintains, local networks NTT DOCOMO and SoftBank are set to offer inclusive rates for both data crunchers and voice users.

With only a few months to go until the Rugby World Cup begins, event organisers warn demand for official travel and hospitality packages is already exceeding expectations. Cellhire advises fans to plan ahead and save on voice and data costs when in Japan by ordering prior to travel.

Japanese pagodaWith offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, attendees, including TV and radio broadcasters, from all over the world can receive SIM cards, smartphones, mobile hotspots and other value-added telecoms and services ahead of time. The Japan office is also on hand, post departure, with local, on-ground support throughout the events, next day delivery in parts of Japan and online support, which will guarantee excellent customer response times and help minimise potential “bill-shock”.

Cellhire is a leading mobile telecoms supplier at global events and has previously provided connectivity to its clients at events including the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour de France, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympics and the UEFA Euro Finals.

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Cellhire makes charitable donation to Unicef

Global mobile communications provider Cellhire, has made a charitable donation to Unicef.

Rather than sending Christmas cards and corporate gifts to customers, Cellhire made the decision to contribute £2019 to support Unicef’s relief efforts in Yemen, to help keep children safe.

More than three years of fighting has pushed Yemen to the brink of collapse. The children there are currently caught up in one of the world’s most complex and destructive humanitarian crises and are paying a heavy price. Currently, 8 out of 10 children require emergency aid. No place in Yemen is safe for children.

Unicef is on the ground working around the clock to protect children in Yemen. Since the start of the crisis, they have helped to reach more than 4 million children with over 3,000 tonnes of life-saving supplies, including life-saving therapeutic food, safe drinking water and health care supplies.

Why Unicef?

Established in 1946, Unicef has been protecting and promoting children’s rights for 70 years.

Unicef is the leading organisation working for children. They ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation, and have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.

Yemen is facing a major humanitarian crisis. Right now, 11.3 million children in Yemen are in danger. A devastating conflict has left children and families in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies. A donation to Unicef can help keep a child safe.

To read more about Unicef’s aid work for children in danger, please go to www.unicef.org.uk

Donations 

Individuals can make donations online – https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/yemen/

About Cellhire

Cellhire, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications, offers an easy way for businesses to stay connected when travelling around the world.

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

For more information, see www.cellhire.info

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Global telecom specialist Cellhire celebrates success at York Business Week in home town, breaking into the Top 20 Businesses

November 19th 2018. York, UK. York based global telecommunications provider Cellhire, says a grateful goodbye to York Business Week; having been finalists in The Press Business Awards for Exporter of the Year and seeing its position in York’s Top 100 Businesses increase to 14th from 65th in 2017.

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Cellhire CEO, Martyn Stevens

Seeing an increase of 51 positions, Cellhire celebrates being one of the highest climbers on the York Top 100 Businesses list, having improved from 65th in the inaugural list, to 14th. Focussed on showcasing York’s business diversity and judged on key performance factors such as turnover, profit, growth and employee numbers, the 2018 Top 100 Businesses in York is the second edition of the list and came out as part of York’s annual Business Week; during which, saw Cellhire as a finalist of Exporter of the Year in the York Press Business Awards.

Cellhire can thank its position growth on recent success at sporting events such as the Winter Olympics, the FIFA World Cup and long-term corporate business deals. An increase in employee numbers has also seen Cellhire grow within the York community and become a key contributor to York’s business landscape.

Exporter of the Year Finalist

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Cellhire is Exporter of the Year Finalist

Entering the Awards for the first time in 2018, Cellhire was extremely proud to be announced as a finalist in the category Exporter of the Year, and attended The Press Business Awards Ceremony at York Racecourse on 15th November.

Although just missing out on the award, Cellhire CEO Martyn Stevens said “It’s really nice to be recognised in our home town of York. We export to businesses all over the world and currently 60% of our revenues are generated overseas. Being a part of York Business Week and seeing how successful we have been during it, really demonstrates our dedication to the services we provide and to York itself”.

With hundreds of applicants entering the awards categories, the judges stated the standard of entries from across York was exceptionally high throughout all ten categories; making it a real success for businesses to have made the shortlist alone. For this reason, Cellhire is thrilled to have been a finalist, and is proud to see so many businesses getting involved.

Cellhire also took part in many other events for York Business Week including attending the Business Conference at York Racecourse where representatives met with key partners and business leaders.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best mobile solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005, Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

Note to the press:

For further information, please contact:
Chloe Acland, Junior Marketing Executive, Cellhire plc,
t: +44 (0)1904 610610 e: chloeacland@cellhire.com
w: www.cellhire.info

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Cellhire is extremely proud to support St Leonard’s Hospice again at The Sunflower Ball 2018

August 28th 2018. York, UK. Global telecommunications provider Cellhire is once again proud to support The Sunflower Ball, in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice, as a charity event to raise money for patient care. Cellhire has supported The Sunflower Ball for a number of years and this year is no different; as the main sponsor of the event, Cellhire has made a significant donation towards the Ball’s goal of the £45,000 needed to help cover day-to-day running costs at the Hospice.

About The Sunflower Ball

It promises to be a night of fantastic entertainment, hosted at York Racecourse on Saturday 22nd September and is themed ‘A Night at the Oscars’. The evening will include a red carpet entrance with a champagne reception, and a four course meal successively ending with a Grand Prize Draw with the chance to win one of 5 weekend breaks, ensuring revellers will be entertained up until the 2am close.

The Sunflower Ball, held every two years, hopes to be a significant driver in helping St Leonard’s Hospice raise the money needed to aid patients. The Hospice celebrated its 30th year in 2016 and provides care to people with life threatening diseases. Although free of charge to both patients and their families, the care is not free to provide, and as a charity, the Hospice relies heavily on the generosity of the public to help raise just over £5 million it costs to run St Leonard’s Hospice every year. While St Leonard’s does get some public funding, the majority of running costs have to be raised from donations and fundraising by the local community, businesses and individuals; The Sunflower Ball is just one example of a significant fundraiser.

Get Involved

The Ball is inclusive to groups and individuals alike, offering both tables of 10 and individual tickets. To enquire about the different tickets or to make a booking, please call the St Leonard’s Fundraising Team on 01904 777 777.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best mobile solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 50 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

Note to the press:

For further information, please contact:
Chloe Acland, Junior Marketing Executive, Cellhire plc,
t: +44 (0)1904 610610 e: chloeacland@cellhire.com
w: www.cellhire.info

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What’s all the fuss about VoLTE and WiFi Calling?

VoLTE:

Although it sounds complicated, VoLTE is simply ‘voice calls over 4G LTE network’ and 4G LTE is today’s fastest connection available for wireless networks. 4G means fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks (following 3G, third generation). LTE stands for Long-Term Evolution, a technical process for high-speed data for phones and other mobile devices. Combined, 4G and LTE create the fastest and highest quality connection available with the ability to download up to 100 megabits per second –very speedy! Read on to find out more details about how VoLTE works and what the benefits are…

  1. Superior quality – easier to hear and be heard on calls.

The quality of voice calls transmitted over VoLTE is a big improvement on what we have heard previously. The connection captures sound waves twice as fast as other calls and by using a wider range of frequencies, its able to better match the range of pitch and tone in human speech. This allows for much more data to be transferred; three times more than 3G and five times more than 2G, creating a HD rich experience.

The HD voice also reduces background noise, so that, even on the busiest of streets the background noise is kept to a minimum, which makes the person’s voice ‘crystal-clear’, as if you are talking face-to-face.

  1. Improved coverage and connectivity – faster and further reaching

VoLTE connects twice as fast and has a much greater range of coverage. This is largely down to the fact that 2G and 3G connections are still available when there isn’t a 4G connection available. Without the other connections, it is not always possible to make and receive calls; an issue that standard 4G users should be aware of (due to the varying frequencies).

VoLTE is dependent on networks, making it very far reaching. It is estimated that the 4G network will cover 95% of the UK by 2020 – excellent news for anyone with a 4G network, especially for those looking to upgrade to  4G LTE.

  1. Faster speeds – multi-task with ease and speed

Due to the new ability to use data and mobile networks simultaneously, you can multi-task with apps and phone calls at a faster pace than ever. Now, when you get lost, you can phone a friend AND use Maps… at the same time! Most importantly, you can do this without compromising the quality of connection of your voice call or the speed of your Maps application. A whole new meaning to hands free… free to navigate!

  1. Battery life – stay charged for longer

4G users could see an improvement in their battery life. Making calls on 4G requires a lot of switching of networks; on a call 4G has to switch to 2G or 3G and then back to 4G once the call had ended. This process of switching drains an excessive amount of battery. The VoLTE system is much more efficient in comparison – ideal for when you’re on the move and need to stay connected!

  1. New and improved features – video calling and much more…

It’s never been easier to video call! When you have VoLTE you’re able to video call over mobile number (rather than through apps like facetime or skype). This means you can video call and receive video calls from anyone with any device (even between IPhone and Android) as long as they also  have VoLTE, just as you would with a voice call.

There are also many new ideas and possibilities in the works for VoLTE. Just as video phone calls could become the ‘norm’, other new rituals may grow native to the dialler e.g. Rich Communication Services (or RCS’s) such as file transferring, real time language translation and video voicemail (as well as ideas for applications which haven’t even been conceived yet).

Wi-Fi Calling is a little different…

Not having signal is not an issue when you have Wi-Fi calling. Like VoLTE relies on having mobile signal, Wi-Fi Calling relies on being connected to Wi-Fi hotspot (wireless internet network) and having a compatible device.

The Benefits – simple and convenient

Once you have the latest Wi-Fi Calling software – it’s simple! You can call, text, and send picture messages just as normal whenever you see the Wi-Fi indicator in the top left of your screen. So in environments that rarely have mobile signal, such as a rural location or a basement flat, on the London Underground or inside an old building with thick walls, you can still make quality calls over the Wi-Fi network.

With Wi-Fi and 4G Calling, you’ll automatically switch seamlessly and uninterrupted between Wi-Fi Calling and 4G network coverage (whichever has the strongest connection) to continue your call on the move. However, it’s only available on particular devices and networks, so just contact your network provider to find out if you’re eligible to upgrade.

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Telecommunications Specialist Cellhire Qualifies for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals in Russia

July 9th 2018. York, UK. Global telecommunications provider Cellhire is excited to be providing mobile connectivity to semi-finalists England, France and Belgium at the Russia 2018 semi-finals this week (July 10th and July 11th), and wishes them all luck.

Cellhire has already provided thousands of 4G voice/video and data connections to many of the World Cup teams and their support staff, global media organisations and attendees at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Teams and attendees have benefitted from secure, high-speed data connections and reliable, low cost calls provided by Cellhire.

TV and radio broadcasters, along with print and online newspapers, are utilising Cellhire’s SIM cards, smartphones, MiFi devices (portable, highly secure wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms and services.

The company will provide the same service to whichever of England, France or Belgium reach the World Cup Final, as well as to media organisations and attendees at the event. Cellhire will do likewise for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Cellhire has a long-established presence in Japan and is already working on plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“We’re really honoured and excited to be supporting the best football teams and media organisations in the world. The volume of data that customers have used at the event so far has been astronomical and is expected to peak at around 50 terabytes usage during the final,” says Cellhire CEO Martyn Stevens. “We have an excellent track record in the sports and entertainment fields for providing data connections and telecom solutions through the close relationship we have with network providers around the world.

“In total, we have provided many tens of thousands of connections at major events, allowing the media to have fast, reliable and secure voice, video and data communications links to their audiences” Stevens adds.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

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Note to the press:

For further information, please contact:
Craig Stillman, Marketing Manager, Cellhire plc,
t: +44 (0)1904 610610 e: craigstillman@cellhire.com
w: www.cellhire.info

or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
t: +44 (0)1403 711177 e: paul@western-pr.com

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What is 5G, how can it be used and why do you need it?

5G to those inexperienced in the technology field refers to fifth generation mobile networks and is essentially a development upon the previous mobile network generation. With that in mind and many new features and benefits promised with the introduction of 5G, it is no surprise that the launch is eagerly anticipated! Therefore this blogpost has been carefully designed to provide you with essential details surrounding 5G, ranging from its release date to how it could benefit you.

When will 5G become available?

The 5G networks are already in the testing phase of their development and it is expected that the earliest 5G ready smartphones could enter the market later in 2018, with 5G becoming more widespread in spring 2019. With that said it could be just 9 months before 5G becomes readily available for you (too long to wait, we know!).  The US as a nation is lucky enough to be one of the opening beneficiaries of 5G, alongside other countries such as China, Japan and South Korea- hopefully that makes the long and anxious wait for 5G that little bit easier!

What speeds will 5G offer its users?

Consumers lucky enough to access 5G in the near future will be able to take advantage of significantly increased speeds than those offered by the predecessor 4G. Users currently operating a device equipped with 4G connections can benefit from theoretical network speeds of up to 300Mbps on an advanced 4G LTE Network (is it really that slow?), whereas 5G will provide smartphone users with download speeds potentially over 100 times as fast (we are being serious, I promise!). Such speedy connections will facilitate the connection of multiple Internet of Things solutions such as Smart Receptions and Buildings. For those enjoying leisure and free time, the transition to the 5G Network will also be beneficial for streaming video content- almost eliminating the inconvenient stresses of buffering and lag time.

Broadband Solutions

Tired of unreliable broadband or WiFi connections in your home? Are you forever waiting for files to download or emails to send? You could be in luck, 5G is sure to form a welcome addition into your life! The introduction of 5G into the market is being heavily tipped as an eventual replacement service for your current home internet service- could this be the answer to all your internet speed problems? The honest answer is yes, but you could have to wait a while longer (quite a while longer!) with progress on this development very much in the trial stage, although both AT&T and Verizon having invested heavily into this.

What can 5G achieve?

It is suspected 5G will be pivotal to achieving a wide range of technological enhancements, with uses ranging from practicalities to leisure activities. One leisure activity in particular where 5G can be used to improve the overall user experience is that of Virtual Reality or VR for short. Virtual Reality is a concept that has been developing continually for a number of years, however it is alleged that with the introduction of a 5G network, users of VR will be able to benefit from access to live chats in real worlds- indicating further advancements in VR. On a level of practicality, 5G can be used to enhance the functionality of self-driving cars. Once launched 5G is suspected to speed up the development of self-driving cars, with each vehicle being equipped with sensors- facilitating communication with other vehicles and also the ability to track location. With that said 5G provides the perfect opportunity to avoid that awkward conversation with a taxi driver!

Alter your Data Plan!

Whilst it is apparent 5G will bring a wide range of advantages to those fortunate enough to access it, it will be a heavy form of data consumption (don’t say we didn’t warn you!). It is foreseen that the benefits associated with 5G will mean that the fifth generation of mobile networks will be nothing short of a data guzzler! People who regularly use up or exceed their current data plan, would consume their entire month’s data allowance in under a week, should they use 5G to the same extent and with the same sized data bundle- you have been warned!  5G is incoming, it’s time to start saving!

Upgrade your Phone!

In order to have access to a 5G connection, you will be required to upgrade to a device that is capable of supporting 5G. It is heavily anticipated that most devices launched and available for sale/rental from 2019 will be compatible with 5G, therefore by the time 5G becomes widespread, identifying a device capable of supporting 5G will be straightforward. Whilst having to upgrade to a new device may involve higher financial implications, the benefits of using 5G will definitely make your investment worthwhile- just think of those download speeds!

 

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What is Iridium Certus and how can it be used?

Introducing Iridium Certus

Exciting news is set to arrive in the telecoms industry, with Earth surface wide providers of voice and data coverage to satellite phones, Iridium, pledging to invest $3 billion into researching and developing an upgrade of their satellite network. The proposed development which is set to be the biggest of Iridium’s Satellite Network in 20 years, is believed to be available as early as June 2018, although it is not expected that all desired services will be fully functional by then. Iridium has aptly named this development Certus (which is originally derived from Latin and translates to mean translates ‘sure’ or ‘certain’).  With a $3 billion upgrade on the cards, it’s time to find out what’s involved and how Iridium Certus will be used- and above all will it prove to be a ‘certain’ success!

How does it work?

The $3 billion revamp of Iridium’s satellite network, will focus on creating a brand new network of brand new satellites located in the earths low orbit (66 to be precise!), which is enabled by the Iridium NEXT. It has been estimated that Iridium Certus will be capable of providing its users with broadband speeds reaching the dizzy heights of 1.4 Mbps (this is astoundingly fast for Satellite!). The aforementioned 66 low orbit satellites, coupled with L-band transmissions from its user ensures that the Certus network will not be damaged or interrupted as a result of adverse weather conditions. On top of this, through using L-band connectivity, Iridium Certus intends to provide an innovative broadband service, designed to serve the entire earth- you really can stay connected wherever you are!

Where will it work?

The innovative nature of Iridium Certus combined with a great deal of research and development has enabled Iridium to provide a service with capabilities facilitating usage over both land and sea, as well as taking you to aviation heights! With that said, you’ll struggle to find an industry unable to take advantage of Certus’ perks!

Land: With a goal of connecting the entire planet, Iridium Certus could prove to be an imperative tool across multiple industries, with almost every land based sector catered for. It is envisaged that Iridium Certus will provide a perfect solution whether its service is required for personal, commercial or military usage. The versatility of Iridium Certus will guarantee connection in the remotest of locations aiding deliveries and the like for individual and corporate purposes- worried about a lost delivery, never again! Another core user able to benefit from Iridium Certus is response units and will prove to serve as an effective means of communication during day to day emergencies. Additionally Iridium Certus will be paramount to response units addressing periods of crisis and natural disasters; not only will this facilitate situational awareness, it will also allow for potential lifesaving information to be transferred. Furthermore, Iridium intends for Certus to be used in Military training exercises before being incorporated into military operations. Is there really a land based situation where Iridium Certus can’t be taken advantage of?

Sea: Setting sail from the shore and worrying about a lack of connection? Think again! Shipping or cruising, commercial or leisure, Iridium Certus is sure to meet your needs when sailing the seven seas. The L-band frequency incorporated into Iridium Certus means that weather will not influence the quality of connection- an essential factor to consider when out at sea! This uninterrupted access to connection provided by Certus, makes the service suitable for shipping and leisure purposes alike, ranging from navigational and sensory devices to simply checking emails or browsing the web. Iridium Certus also prides itself on being able to provide connections to businesses with off shore bases such as rigs, these are utilized by operated unmanned sensors- gone are the days of being isolated for months off shore!

Air: Internet connection whilst on the plane? Never has a long haul flight flown by quicker (pardon the aerospace pun!). It is envisaged that Iridium Certus will have the capabilities to provide high speed broadband to aircrafts. Iridium Certus provides the perfect solution to keeping both crew and travelers connected whilst in the air. The adaptability and size of Iridium Certus, has led to the design of miniature antennas sized less than 6 cm in height- this makes Certus the ideal solution for providing broadband connectivity on aircraft regardless of shape or size! With its benefits of passenger occupancy and malleable installation, the question on all of our minds really is how long will it be before Certus becomes a mainstay in air travel?

Summary

With an innovative approach fueled by extensive investment, Iridium Certus offers huge potential across a range of different fields (oceans and heights!) of industry. The ability to serve as a useful tool and provide connection to such a broad range of businesses and individuals alike, creates the perfect pre requisites to help Iridium achieve its objective of connecting the entire planet! It would be fair to say Iridium Certus is ‘sure’ to be a ‘certain’ success!

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Android or iOS: The best choice for you

Android or iOS? iPhone or other? These are questions/arguments that are hotly contested and widely debated throughout society! Whether in the office, socializing with friends or even at the family dinner table it’s a subject that’s come up before and is sure to have ended in disagreement. With that said this blogpost is designed to settle this argument once and for all- whether there’s a clear winner (we’ve all got our favourite!), or the pros and cons of both user interfaces are identified remains to be seen! As to whether we can help you have a change of heart or mind also remains to be seen- we’ll certainly aim to help you find the best choice for you!

Personal Assistant:

Talking to your smartphone and using at as a go to source of research is an increasingly popular trend- please welcome the Personal Assistant! The obvious comparison here is between the generic Personal Assistant for Android’s, Google Assistant and iOS’s Personal Assistant Siri. In Google Assistant, Android has provided the perfect solution for a standard Personal Assistant, it listens to your to your request when online or offline and provides you with an answer when connection is available. However, an interesting and engaging Personal Assistant, Google Assistant is not- step forward please Siri. Siri the favored and pre-installed Personal Assistant on all Apple devices offers a fun and interactive persona and even tells jokes when asked! All this is done whilst still meeting all the standard requirements of a Personal Assistant, such as setting reminders or searching the web. With Siri the clear winner when compared with Google Assistant, Android users will be pleased to know Google Assistant isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to Personal Assistants for your Android. Fancy trying Cortana or Bixby?

 

Affordability: What suits you?

Choosing a Smartphone and a preferred operating system often depends on factors such as budget as well as personal preference. Apple focuses on high end, high quality devices. Whilst this ensures the end consumer is provided with a luxurious high quality end product, it also prices a significant number of consumers out of the market. Alternatively, choosing Android as an operating system opens up a market offering a wider range of devices from a variety of different manufacturers. This ensures Android phones are available across a varied assortment of price brackets. Not to be outdone by a competitor Android also offers equally matched high end devices alongside cheaper alternatives. Based on their ability to provide an operating system accessible to a wider target audience Android wins this one!

Apps: Google Play vs App Store

Like with most elements of comparison between two operating systems it really is a case of personal preference, a case that is no different when it comes to apps available on each system! When comparing suitable apps for both Android and iOS, it is largely an argument of quantity or quality. On the one hand, the Google Play Store the home of Android apps proudly boasts over 3.5million apps, thus providing a wide array of choice for the end user. On the other hand the iOS equivalent, the App store lists approximately 2 million apps. Whilst this is somewhat more restrictive than the offerings of their Android counterpart, Apple’s strict guidelines ensure that users are presented with a quality all round app.  Additionally with only a limited number of iPhone models, iOS avoids the issue of app fragmentation sometimes experienced on Android devices, due to the range of manufacturers and models. Therefore regarding apps, it really is a case of whether you prefer quality or quantity- after all everyone likes a fully functioning app, don’t they? iOS edges this one (sorry Android users!).

 

Security: Accessing your smartphone

Unlocking your Smartphone offers a certain degree of variance regardless of your device or operating system. The main difference between an iOS operating device to that of an Android is the variance of unlocking features. Whilst devices operating under the Android system are restricted to just a passcode or an arranged unlocking pattern- both easily forgotten for one reason or another! Consumers using iPhones operating under Android’s counterpart iOS, are treated to a wider range of options to unlock their device, with the mundane, generic passcode being complimented by the much sought after Apple touch ID. Touch ID allows users to unlock their fingerprint; further enhancing security- after all you can’t forget your own fingerprints can you?  Isn’t technology brilliant! With iOS seemingly streets ahead of Android at present, when it comes to security and unlocking your smartphone, it would be fair to say iOS beats Android to this title!

Latest Features of the operating system:

The latest updates of each operating system Android Oreo and iOS 11 were released in August and September 2017 respectively, with both offering their eagerly awaiting consumers a range of new and exclusive features. The key feature many Android enthusiasts will be boasting about is ‘Picture-in-Picture’ (and no it’s not just two pictures!). This unique feature incorporates the ability to shrink videos or directions into a reduced thumbnail- this enables you to carry out multiple tasks on your device whilst still paying monitoring your video or navigation. A smartphone that can multitask- who said Smartphones were the new humans? Whilst a key feature offered through iOS 11, is the ability to combine Apple Pay and iMessage- it really is as simple as sending a message, an exciting prospect that all the Apple fanatics can be heard talking about. With iOS 11, paying contacts has never been easier, after all who wants to venture all the way to the bank or open a mobile banking app just to transfer a measly $5? With both Android Oreo and iOS 11, offering effective time saving features as part of their latest updates- both parties really are catering for the increasingly busy schedules of the modern smartphone user. With that said, this one is a tie!