U.K.’s Three to roll out 5G mobile and fixed wireless service across 25 markets in 2019

Three said it will launch 5G mobile and home broadband networks in London by August. (Pexels)

U.K. operator Three will roll out 5G fixed wireless home broadband services this year across 25 markets where it also plans to bring mobile 5G.

 

Three is deploying 5G in U.K.cities and towns, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, by the end of 2019. It expects to launch 5G mobile and fixed wireless networks in London by August.

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The launches are part of Three’s £2 billion ($2.5 billion) 5G infrastructure investment commitment. The operator plans to have deployed 5G services across 80% of its footprint over the next three years. Nokia is providing Three with its cloud core network for the 5G buildout.

 

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In a news release, Three touted its millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum assets, and claimed it has twice as much 5G spectrum as its closest competitor. Three CEO Dave Dyson said the company is “the only operator in the U.K. who can offer true 5G.”

 

Three said its 5G mobile network will deliver peak mobile speeds twice as fast as other mobile network operators in the region. It also said its home broadband service will be “plug-and-play” for customers and will offer speeds “comparable to fiber."

 

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Three is also upgrading its existing 4G networks under the investment program. It said its 4G network will see a “400% improvement” in speed and capacity.

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