Following successful trials in London, Three UK will launch 5G in August with a 5G home broadband service in London. Three will then launch both mobile and home broadband in 25 towns and cities across the UK before the end of the year.
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 which includes a new 5G-ready world first cloud core network provided by Nokia.
Three owns more than twice as much 5G spectrum as its closest competitor, which will deliver faster connection speeds for its customers. Three is also the only operator that can offer a ‘true’ 5G experience which requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum. At launch, peak mobile speeds are expected to be at least 2x faster than other mobile network operators.
Three’s 5G home broadband customers will be able to plug a hub into the wall to immediately become connected, without lengthy engineer wait times or a long-term contract. The ‘plug and play’ 5G service is set to offer comparable speeds to fibre.
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.
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.
Dave Dyson, CEO at Three