Three in the UK is due to launch a 5G home broadband service in London this August, before rolling out 5G mobile and home broadband offerings in 25 towns and cities before the end of the year.
The mobile operator said it is making 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.
Three’s 5G-ready cloud core network will be provided by Nokia and the company has 140MHz of 5G spectrum holdings, including a 100MHz contiguous block, allowing it to offer a ‘true’ 5G experience.
“It’s clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data,” said Dave Dyson, CEO at Three. “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.”
Over the next three years, Three is targeting a 5G rollout that will cover 80% of its network traffic. The network investment programme also includes upgrades within Three’s 4G network, which it said it expects to deliver “up to 400% improvements in speed and capacity”.
The news comes after rival UK mobile operator EE started to roll out 5G services in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester on May 30, with a further 10 cities to be added by the end of the year and another 10 already announced for 2020.