Three UK to Roll Out 5G Network in August


Three said its 5G mobile network will deliver peak mobile speeds twice as fast as other mobile network operators in the region.

"It's clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data", chief executive Dave Dyson said in a statement. We have the UK's best network for data and we have led the market on customer usage on both 3G and 4G technologies.

For those of you keeping count, it means Three may well have the widest 5G coverage by the time the year is up. EE now only offers 5G in six cities, and promised a total of 16 locations will have 5G before the end of the year. The press release also says that Three's the only network "who can offer a "true" 5G experience which requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum, as set out by the ITU, the global standards body on 5G technology".

Three will announce more detail around 5G handsets and pricing in July.

Three is deploying 5G in U.K.cities and towns, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, by the end of 2019.

As per credible sources, the details of handsets that will be part of the mobile launch of UK Three is expected to be announced in the coming month. Three will launch its 5G network in August, which it claims will be the UK's fastest - but there is one major catch.

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Three's announcement likewise explicitly mentions that its 5G network is using a cloud-based core network from Nokia, despite the fact that this implies it could still use Huawei gear for its access network, as EE has done.

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.

And even those people stuck on 4G might not be left behind, as the network is also investing in upgrades to its 4G infrastructure which could allow for up to 400% improvements in speed and capacity. Three may be somewhat late to the party, but its network should be available in most towns by the end of the year: 25, compared to 19 for Vodafone and 16 for EE.

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

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