UK mobile operator Three to launch 5G broadband service in August

Ceria Alfonso
Junio 12, 2019

Three has announced that its 5G network will arrive in August, and supposedly its peak speeds will be up to twice as fast as any rival 5G network at launch. 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. Three CEO Dave Dyson said the company is "the only operator in the United Kingdom who can offer true 5G". Now it's Three's turn to scrap the 2020 goal and launch 5G way ahead of schedule.

In fact, Three's initial launch will be for 5G home broadband and will be limited to London.

It holds spectrum in the 140MHz block, including access to a 100MHz contiguous black that can potential provide faster 5G speeds.

Three head Dave Dyson announced: "It is clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data".

"We have worked hard over a long period of time to be able to offer the best end to end 5G experience".

Three CEO Dave Dyson said in a statement that it was "clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data", and that "5G is a game changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the United Kingdom who can offer true 5G".

But the Hutchinson-owned company said that it would not disclose further details about pricing until July.

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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 said its 2 billion pound 5G infrastructure investment included network improvements in major British cities and a cloud core network provided by Nokia.

EE launched 5G services in six cities in May, while Vodafone will launch on July 3. Vodafone for comparison has just 50Mhz of 5G spectrum, while EE and O2 have just 40MHz.

But 4G is set to improve too, as Three has said that network improvements in the next few years could allow for up to 400% improvements in speed and capacity.

We'll bring you more news as we get it.

While there is no fixed date for shutting down 3G, Ms Dona believes it will happen in the "next two to three years". So even if you don't have 5G in your area for a while, you might get a 4G service that comes close.

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