Can I Get 5G in my Motorhome or Caravan in 2022?

Motorhome 5G

Can I Get 5G in my Motorhome or Caravan in 2022?

5G is currently a technology buzzword making headlines and being pushed by telecommunications companies. Recently, many motorhome and caravan manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to roll out new products featuring the latest technology. However, while motorhome 5G WiFi is a game-changer for the industry, we must understand how it can benefit us today and weigh the pros and cons of making a purchase decision.

This post will cover the basics of 5G and how it relates to the motorhome industry. 5G WiFi is still new and being rolled out as we speak. You will have a connection in major cities, but rural areas are still lagging, and it could be years before the technology is in places where you are likely to take your motorhome.

What is 5G?

5G is the 5th generation of standard cellular broadband. Telecommunication companies began introducing the technology to the public in 2019 as a replacement for its predecessor, 4G. The most significant difference between 4G and 5G is speed giving users lower latency and higher bandwidth.

Increasing bandwidth speeds in devices opens the opportunity for advanced connectivity. The IoT (internet of things) industry is expected to grow exponentially as 5G reaches new areas. Smart home devices and self-driving cars are the most promising application of IoT, and 5G will help provide a reliable, ultra-fast connection to power intuitive technology dependent on the internet.

A 4G connection is more than enough for the average internet user to surf the web and stream in 4K. 5G offers the opportunity for online consumption that requires a high bandwidth, like gaming, to be enjoyed without an ethernet connection. The technology also allows dozens of devices to be connected to a single router or network, allowing smart home devices or even IoT in smart cities.

Disadvantages of 5G

5G is a revolutionary technology that will allow for IoT advancements such as self-driving cars. While new devices and implementations are already being executed, 5G coverage is still limited.

Areas around London and Paris have 5G, but rural parts of Britain and Europe are still waiting for network access. Rolling out 5G to sparsely populated areas is challenging. A significant investment is needed to upgrade or construct new cellular towers. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down global coverage.

Band Speeds

The process of the 5G rollout includes three different “bands,” low, mid, and high. Areas with high concentrations of people are already getting high bands, but rural areas will be introduced to 5G through low or mid bands. Covering large areas is more accessible with 5G because low and mid bands can be utilised. However, the speed of the internet is much lower than in populated areas with high bands.

5G is unique compared to prior cellular standards in how it is released. An area may have access to 5G, but speeds won’t exceed the existing 4G network. Understanding how 5G is rolled out in rural areas is essential for motorhome and caravan owners looking to purchase a new router.

How Much does 5G for Motorhomes and Caravans Cost?

Currently, 5G routers are extremely expensive. While they may be worth the cost if you have consistent access to a high bandwidth network, using a 5G router in rural areas isn’t worth the extra cost.

Our 4G router and external antenna boost your signal wherever you go. Future-proofed with 5G-ready antenna.

A popular mobile router from Netgear with 5G connectivity is currently listed at nearly €800. In comparison, our Roam kit contains a router and external antenna accompanied by a helpful smartphone app for just £350. The kit offers the exact same connectivity in most holiday destinations in the UK and Europe due to the lack of 5G availability.

How Can I get 5G in My Caravan or Motorhome?

5G can be added to your caravan or motorhome by installing a router specifically designed for vehicles. The lack of utility and coverage is the problem with 5G routers in motorhomes; especially one’s intended to travel outside of metro areas.

Once 5G is more accessible, caravans and motorhomes will benefit tremendously with access to faster internet connections; however, the slow rollout through the UK and Europe makes the investment not sensible at this point.

Status of 5G Coverage Around the UK and Europe

The most significant challenge with motorhome 5G WiFi is the coverage areas. Most people don’t use their motorhomes to travel around cities; unfortunately, the favorable areas are relatively remote and don’t have access to 5G at this time.

Below are four of the most popular destinations for UK caravan and motorhome owners. We highlight the 5G availability in each popular tourist destination.

Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park is a mountainous area in northwestern Wales. The park is one of the most popular hiking and rock climbing destination in the UK. Currently according to EE’s service checker, in the popular Llyn Gwynant motorhome campsite there is no G of any number, let alone 5G:

Lake District

England’s largest National Park, the Lake District, also lacks 5G coverage. While 3G is sparse, 4G is relatively strong in the vacation destination of Birchbank motorhome campsite.

Peak District

Peak District National Park in central England is home to steep limestone valleys and famous steppingstones but does not offer 5G coverage. In the popular Caravan park, Eden Tree, there is good 4G coverage.

France

Vacationing in France is also popular among the mobile home community. While areas like Paris, Marseille, and Nice have excellent 5G coverage, rural areas haven’t gained access to the new mobile broadband technology. Popular tourist destinations in France such as Ecrins National Park and Mercantour National Park don’t offer connectivity to 5G currently. Even small towns like Norwich have limited access to 5G.

What About the Future of Motorhome 5G WiFi?

At Maxview, we recognise the potential of 5G and how the new technology can help motorhome and caravan owners stay connected. However, most destinations frequented by mobile tourists have spotty 4G connections, let alone 5G broadband.

We anticipate 5G to roll out to rural areas and stretch to parts of the UK and Europe that have yet to access mobile broadband. We’ve included a 5G antenna in our Roam Motorhome and Caravan WiFi Kit.

The 4G router for caravan kit features a router installed inside the motorhome and an antenna that mounts on the outside. The antenna receives the signal when there’s a poor 4G connectivity, which is highly likely when traveling in remote areas. Using an antenna to connect t to broadband extends the radius, creating a stronger connection. The antenna receives the signal and sends it down to the router creating a WiFi hotspot inside the motorhome.

What About 6G?

Historically, a new mobile network will release every decade. 6G networks will most likely roll out around 2030. However, the rapid digitalization of the economy and the need to offer connectivity to underserved areas may speed up the time between new networks. India is currently developing an indigenous 6G technology and plans to launch in late 2023 or early 2024. The Minister for Communications, Ashwini Viashnaw, is optimistic about India’s future as a global player in telecommunications and sees the next generation as an opportunity for the developing world superpower. He told the Indian Express, “6G development has already started. That will be seen somewhere in the time frame 2024 or 2023-end. That is the direction in which we are going. We will have designed in India telecom software for running the networks, manufactured in India telecom equipment, served in India telecom networks which can go global.”

What is the Self-Driving Future of Motorhomes and Caravans

Fully autonomous vehicles are already being integrated into society, most notably in San Francisco, California. While we are a long way from seeing self-driving passenger vehicles taking over the streets of London, new motorhomes and caravans could be implemented very soon. Driving on highways is much easier than in the city for autonomous vehicles making the feature more practical for motorhomes than cars that operate in the city.

The future of fully self-driving cars is dependent on IoT and advanced mobile networks. Software needs to be highly intuitive to adapt to new roads and external environments. A strong connection allows the car to learn from large data sets produced by other autonomous vehicles in real-time.

4G Router for Caravan from Maxview

5G will undoubtedly be a game-changer for rural areas giving tourists and residents access to high-speed internet. We’ve prepared for the future and taken a realistic and cost-effective approach to our Roam WiFi Kit. If you wish to upgrade your router to a 5G router at some point, several years down the line, our antenna is already compatible.

 

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