Three UK to switch on 5G in August, starting with home broadband

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 12, 2019

While Three is behind its rivals, with EE's network already live and Voda's set to launch in just a few weeks time, it's boldly claiming that its "true" 5G network will deliver speeds that are "at least 2x" faster and more reliable than services offered by other mobile operators. On top of that it's promised 5G mobile and broadband services will launch in 25 towns and cities across the United Kingdom before the end of the year. But while that's later than EE or Vodafone, Three looks to have some advantages, as it claims to be the only United Kingdom network that will be offering a "true" 5G experience. Now it's Three's turn to scrap the 2020 goal and launch 5G way ahead of schedule.

United Kingdom operator Three will roll out 5G fixed wireless home broadband services this year across 25 markets where it also plans to bring mobile 5G.

Three has invested roughly £2bn in infrastructure for 5G, and claims that its network could double the speeds of competitors.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: "It's clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data".

We don't know everything about Three's 5G launch yet, but the company has promised to provide more details about handsets and pricing in July, so stay tuned. Nokia is providing Three with its cloud core network for the 5G buildout.

United Kingdom consumers are predicted to consume 13 times more mobile data in 2025 than today and 5G is hoped to cater with this extra demand.

Three hasn't yet said what download speeds consumers can expect from its 5G network, though in a recent trial carried out with Huawei the service delivered peak speeds of 2Gbps.

This will be achieved through deploying more 4G spectrum, converting 3G spectrum to 4G and using advanced antenna technology, according to Three.

The news comes after EE launched similar network services on 30 May and Vodafone announced it would launch its own 5G network in July.

Andrea Dona, head of Vodafone's United Kingdom mobile networks, said: "In the medium term, we will be switching off 3G, because the use of the 3G band and what we get in return is not that efficient so we can use some of the 3G spectrum bands for 5G".

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