Three UK has today announced it will launch 5G in August with a 5G home broadband service in London after successful trials in the capital.
The operator plans to launch both mobile and home broadband offerings in 25 towns and cities across the UK before the end of the year and claims that it will be able to deliver speeds twice as fast as its competitors.
Network improvements are being carried out across the busiest areas of the UK, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, as part of Three’s £2bn 5G infrastructure investment commitment which includes a new 5G-ready world first cloud core network provided by Nokia.
Thanks to the acquisition of UK Broadband two years ago, Three has more than twice as much 5G spectrum as its closest competitor, which, it claims will deliver significantly faster speeds for its customers.
According to the ITU, the global standards body on 5G technology, Three is the only operator who can offer a ‘true’ 5G experience which requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum. This market-leading spectrum portfolio, alongside investment in high capacity smart antennas, will deliver the fastest 5G network in the UK. At launch, peak mobile speeds will be at least two times faster than other mobile network operators and will provide a more reliable connection and experience for customers.
This investment will also help Three meet the anticipated future demand for data, with UK consumers expected to use 13 times more mobile data in 2025 than today. Three mobile customers are particularly data-hungry, already using 3.5x more data per month than the industry average.
Over the next three years, Three’s 5G rollout will continue to ramp up to cover 80% of its network traffic. The network investment programme also includes upgrades within Three’s 4G network, expected to deliver up to 400% improvements in speed and capacity. This will be achieved through deploying more 4G spectrum, converting 3G spectrum to 4G and using advanced antenna technology.
Three CEO Dave Dyson said “It’s clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data. We have the UK’s best network for data and we have led the market on customer usage on both 3G and 4G technologies.
"We have worked hard over a long period of time to be able to offer the best end to end 5G experience. 5G is a game changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the UK who can offer true 5G.”
Three will be bringing 5G to London, Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland, Wolverhampton.