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UK mobile operator Three to launch 5G broadband in August

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

United Kingdom mobile operator Three on Monday said it would launch its first new-generation 5G broadband service in London in August and would roll out mobile and broadband across 25 towns and cities before the end of the year.

Three will then roll-out mobile and home broadband services in 25 towns and cities across the United Kingdom by the end of the year.

However, as with EE - which is the only United Kingdom company to now offer a 5G network - you won't be able to access 5G everywhere initially.

Three has just revealed that it will be switching on its 5G network in August.

Three will bring 5G to London first before expanding into over two dozen cities across Britain by the end of 2019, and is expected to also launch a similar 5G home broadband service across cities in the United Kingdom by the end of the year.

"Three has more than twice as much 5G spectrum as its closest competitor, which will deliver significantly faster speeds for its customers", the network gloats in its announcement.

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Three head Dave Dyson announced: "It is clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data". Three claims speeds will be comparable to fibre broadband.

Three said its 2 billion pound 5G infrastructure investment included network improvements in major British cities and a cloud core network provided by Nokia. Then things changed. Last May EE said it was aiming for a 2019 launch (which it accomplished), in September Vodafone also confirmed it wanted consumer 5G to be available this year, and back in February O2 pulled its launch date forward as well.

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.

"Then we don't have to waste higher frequency, like the United States are using the millimetre wave. we can use the low band which is more efficient".

The transition will require all Vodafone customers to have 4G enabled handsets, and all of its current 3G networks "in certain areas" will have to be replaced with 5G.



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