Three to launch 5G network in August

Yolanda Curtis
June 12, 2019

Mobile network Three has announced that it will be launching its 5G network in the United Kingdom in August, making it potentially the third mobile network in the country after EE and Vodafone.

Impressively, Three is also claiming that its 5G network will offer peak speeds that are at least twice as fast as rivals, as well as providing a more reliable connection.

Dave Dyson, chief executive of Three UK, said: "It's clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data". Furthermore, Three isn't ignoring its 4G network (which has always been a bit spottier than the others), promising a 400% improvement in both speed and capacity by deploying more 4G spectrum and converting old 3G spectrum.

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

A further announcement will be made in July on the 5G handset range and pricing.

Vodafone meanwhile plans to launch its own 5G network on 3 July in seven United Kingdom cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London).

The 5G network will make its debut in London in August in the form of a home broadband service, Three announced on Monday.

It sounds like Three's 5G network will grow rapidly too, with the company saying that in the next three years it expects it to cover 80% of Three's network traffic. It also said its home broadband service will be "plug-and-play" for customers and will offer speeds "comparable to fiber". The company said it will release more information on smartphones and contract prices in July, although the number of compatible devices is expected to be limited.

3 United Kingdom announced it will launch its 5G services in August, starting with a home broadband service in London.

After the initial launch in London, Three will extend its 5G network to a further 24 towns and cities across the United Kingdom before the end of 2019. Note that these networks have more spectrum than that in total, it's just not spectrum that's ideal for 5G use.

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