What is 5G?

5G, the fifth generation of wireless technology has the potential to bring super-fast downloads, minimal latency, massive connectivity and outstanding reliability. It will open up huge possibilities for business and the way we live.

5G for Business

5G has the potential to help businesses increase efficiency, empower workers and drive innovation.

5G for You

5G has the potential to open up a world of new experiences that could change how we live, work and play.

Benefits of 5G

Faster


Download games, movies and other large files in seconds instead of minutes.

Low latency


The 5G network will allow quick response times between devices, meaning less loading and waiting.

Mass connectivity


Connect more devices to the network at the same time without a reduction in speed or quality (up to one million devices per square kilometre on a continual basis).

FAQs

5G is the fifth generation of our existing mobile connectivity. That's the connectivity that provides data, internet and voice services to our mobile phones when we're out and about, as well as wireless broadband (WBB) services.

The same way garage door openers, TVs, baby monitors and every past generation of wireless have all worked — with radiofrequency (RF) waves.

5G is faster and carries more data than previous generations (4G, 3G, 2G etc). It has the potential to bring super-fast downloads, minimal latency, massive connectivity and outstanding reliability. It will open up huge possibilities for business and the way we live, but the underlying technology is the same. 5G has the potential to reach download speeds of up to 100 x faster than 4G.

There's no need to be concerned about the effect of 5G on your health. Spark's wireless network is fully compliant with both international and national limits which are based on decades of scientific research and can also be applied to 5G. The Ministry of Health says, 'there is nothing unique to 5G that would make it interact differently with the body than other radiofrequency fields (radio signals).'

For more info, visit the Ministry of Health website:

Spark also has information about cell towers, 5G and health. Understand health information on cell towers and mobile phones

5G Wireless Broadband is available at selected locations in Alexandra, Westport, Twizel, Tekapo, Hokitika and Clyde. This is the beginning of our 5G rollout with more towns to be announced in March 2020.