Earlier this month, the UN outlined its roadmap for developing superfast 5G to be ready for a global launch early next decade. In 5 years from now, estimates suggest that we can expect connection speeds 1,000 times faster than current 4G levels. At those speeds it would be possible to download a full-length movie to your smartphone in just a second.
Impressive, but that's only the start. The launch of 5G is expected to fuel the rise of the Internet of Things. Gartner's most recent estimate of 25 billion connected "Things" by 2020 shows how extensive the network will need to be. As the UN's 2020 target draws nearer, we examine how different regions are preparing to roll out 5G networks.