Spark says 5G network launching in 2020 will be 1000 times the speed of 4G - for the same cost

Spark says new 5G mobile and wireless broadband should begin rolling out to customers by 2020.

Most wireless data is currently delivered via the 4G network, but Spark said today in a briefing that once 5G and suitable radio spectrums are available they will switch from expanded 4G to implementing 5G.

More data can be delivered for less money over the 5G network, they said, and speeds as high as 1000 times current 4G rates will be available for similar costs.

An 8GB HD movie over the 4G network would take about 7 minutes at average speeds, Spark said, while the same movie over the 5G network would be streamed in less than 10 seconds.

"We have already conducted successful trials and we will launch our 5G Innovation Lab in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct in late 2018 that will allow companies to test and develop applications over a pre-commercial 5G network," Spark said.

It is expected that the first 5G-capable smartphones will begin to be sold throughout next year.

Large population centres like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are likely to receive the service first, which is due to spectrum availability, Spark said.

Spark said 5G will be instrumental in the implementation of technology like autonomous cars, instant translation, IOT (smart devices like fridges, door locks, bike locks etc) and more.

A man holds an iPhone mobile phone handset.
A man holds an iPhone mobile phone handset. Source: File Image



Wellington man, 51, charged with making intimate visual recording

A Wellington man charged with making an intimate visual recording has appeared in court.

The 51-year-old man appeared in Wellington District Court yesterday and was remanded on bail.

He is due to appear again on 13 August.

Police have identified a number of victims involved in the case and say they will be making contact with each of them.

The victims will be offered the appropriate welfare and support over the incident, police say.

The matter is still before the court.

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Cellphone (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS

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Jacinda Ardern launches on-the-job training scheme for 4,000 young people

An on-the-job training scheme for 4,000 young people has been launched by the Prime Minister today.

Jacinda Ardern spoke about the Mana in Mahi initiative from Porirua today.

"It will start out by giving the equivalent of the dole to an employer who commits to taking on someone who is working towards a Level 4 qualification."

The employer will then top up the amount to at least the minimum wage.

Ms Ardern continued: "We will support you, to support our young people and I have every hope in doing so we will get more young people into apprentices, more skilled labour out there filling shortages that we have."

Ms Ardern said the Government will start with 150 over the next few months, with 18 to 24-year-olds will be targeted initially.

The Strength in Work programme is to help young people with on-the-job training with employers. Source: 1 NEWS