What is 5G?

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

5G for you


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

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5G for business


We work with innovative New Zealand businesses to help them imagine the potential of what 5G will offer. Here are some exciting stories and journeys that we have been on.

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Learn more about 5G


With super-fast downloads, minimal latency, massive connectivity and outstanding reliability, 5G will bring huge possibilities. Find out more about this game changing technology.

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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 about 5G

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.

5G works 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 and so on). 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 times faster than 4G.

Yes, it is. 5G is simply the next generation of mobile technology, which has been used by New Zealanders since the introduction of the mobile phone in 1987. Claims that 5G is dangerous are not supported by mainstream scientists and to date, no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposures to wireless technologies that comply with the New Zealand limits. 

We have some great info here - 5G and Safety, or if you would like reliable information independent from Spark, the Ministry of Health and Chief Science Advisor have published some excellent resources: