Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Introduction to 5G and Wireless Mobile Communications

Packt via FutureLearn


Examine 5G technology and the future of wireless communication

5G is expected to bring with it revolutionary changes to not only personal communication, but sectors including healthcare, education, agriculture, and more.

On this course, you’ll take an in-depth look at the development of mobile technology and explore the future of mobile communication, positioning 5G as one of the key drivers of the Internet of Things and Industrial 4.0 technologies.

Discover the first generations of mobile technology, from 1G to the present day

Starting with 1G wireless networks, you’ll journey through forty years of mobile development, exploring each generation and its impact on communication and data delivery.

You’ll examine key terminology including cells, frequency, and bandwidth, giving you a fundamental understanding of mobile communication infrastructure.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to plot the evolution of mobile technology and identify advantages and problems with each generation.

Explore the advent of mobile internet

As mobiles moved from 2G to 3G and then 4G technology, users became less focused on direct communication and more interested in social connectivity.

You’ll track these technological advancements and learn how 4G revolutionised the infrastructure of wireless communication, paving the way for dramatic developments in smartphone technology.

Investigate the future of wireless technology

Building on your understanding of previous generations, you’ll delve into 5G and what the future holds in terms of Long Term Evolution.

You’ll be able to define what separates 5G and 4G technology, and identify targets for 5G development.

Using this knowledge, you’ll be able to predict the next steps in mobile communication and discuss its potential impact on our social, professional, and personal lives.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in mobile communications and wireless technology.

It is particularly suitable for those considering a career in mobile communications and networks, giving a historical overview of wireless technological development and the potential future of mobile communications.

No requirements


  • History of 5G: 1G to 3G
    • Welcome to 5G and Wireless Communication for Beginners
    • Introduction: 1G is where all of it began
    • Going digital with 2G
    • Expanding mobile internet with 3G
    • Summarising JavaScript Essentials
  • From 4G to 5G and beyond
    • Welcome to Week 2: From 4G to 5G and beyond
    • Higher-further-faster with 4G
    • Opening up the future with 5G
    • 5G update - 2020
    • Summarising 4G to 5G and beyond

Taught by

Charlie Travis


Start your review of Introduction to 5G and Wireless Mobile Communications

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Someone learning on their laptop while sitting on the floor.