Three UK has announced that it will launch 5G in 25 towns and cities across the UK before the end of the year.
The company is carrying out network improvements across the busiest areas of the UK, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, as part of Three’s £2 billion 5G infrastructure investment commitment which includes a new 5G-ready world first cloud core network provided by Nokia.
The cities where Three will begin rolling out 5G are: 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; and Wolverhampton.
Three is the only operator who can offer a ‘true’ 5G experience which requires 100 MHz of 5G spectrum, as set out by the ITU, the global standards body on 5G technology. 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 2x faster than other mobile network operators and will provide a more reliable connection and experience for customers.
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.
Dave Dyson, CEO, Three 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 announcing more detail around handset range and pricing in July. Customers wishing to use 5G at launch will need to be in a 5G area and have access to either a 5G smartphone or home broadband device.