Three will finally start rolling out their 5G mobile phone service at the end of the month after postponing the launch last year
- The next-generation network will be available on Three telephones from the end of February
- Telephones receive Three 5G at 65 locations including London, Cardiff and Glasgow
- The network is the last of the four largest UK operators bringing 5G to mobile phones
Network operator Three will finally start rolling out its 5G mobile phone service at the end of the month after delaying the launch last year.
The company is the last of the four largest UK networks to introduce the next-generation wireless standard for smartphones, due to arrive by the end of 2019.
Three have put the rollout on hold last November because of a number of problems that caused the original goal to be ‘a little behind’.
These include obtaining the appropriate planning permissions from landlords and controlling 5G equipment on masts.
The company’s 5G network will be available by the end of February on mobile phones at 65 locations including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham.
“Our rollout of 5G is a little behind our original plan,” Three said in November. The company originally planned to expand its 5G footprint to 25 cities by the end of 2019
WHAT PHONES ARE 5G COMPATIBLE?
LG V50 ThinQ
Huawei Mate X
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
ZTE Axon 10 Pro
Oppo Reno 5G
Huawei Mate 20 X
“Today we are celebrating what is possible through 5G with a showcase of our ultra-fast 5G capabilities that mark the next step in our 5G journey,” said Dave Dyson, CEO 3.
“5G is going to change the world for all of us and we can’t wait for our customers to experience it.”
The CEO said Three peak mobile speeds will be up to twice as fast as the other telco operators due to the “substantial” 5G spectrum.
Those with a 5G-compatible handset can access Three’s 5G speeds at no extra cost to their existing data plan.
Three made his 5G available to homes in August for the first time, as a broadband service in parts of London.
The company’s rivals EE launched its 5G offering on smartphones last May, followed by Vodafone in July and O2 in October.
The full list of the 65 locations where three customers can get 5G on their mobile, also includes Aberdeen, Bath, Bedford, Blackpool, Bradford, Brighton, Coventry, Doncaster, Dundee, Grimsby, Guildford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Slough, St Albans, Swansea and Wigan.
Other UK cities that can enjoy the latest internet speeds on their phones are Abingdon, Aldershot, Borehamwood, Cannock, Chatham, Hedge End, Luton, Newquay, Swindon and Wickford.
The expectation is that 5G is up to 1000 times faster than the currently used network standard, 4G
To mark the expansion to smartphones, Three is working with the Central Saint Martins art academy to create an immersive 5G experience for London Fashion Week, which starts on Friday.
It uses 360-degree audio, haptic or touch-based feedback and a 46-meter projection along the length of the runway.
The final will culminate in an empty catwalk, with a 5G-powered digital version of model Adwoa Aboah, who is finishing the show’s latest outfit.
“The breathtaking, immersive audience experience is something that has never been done before and we are proud to demonstrate it at such a prestigious global event,” Dyson said.
British fashion model Adwoa Aboah and its digitally generated equivalent that the catwalk will end at London Fashion Week
WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The evolution of the G system began in 1980 with the invention of the mobile telephone with which analogue data could be sent via telephone conversations.
Digital came in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the possibilities and capacity for the mobile network have increased enormously.
More data can be transferred from one point to another faster than ever via the mobile network.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
While the jump from 3G to 4G was the most cost-effective for mobile browsing and working, the move to 5G will be so fast that they become almost real-time.
This means that mobile activities will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.
Potential use for 5g includes:
- Simultaneous translation of different languages into a party conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full 8 GB movie can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that it is possible for the end of wired connections to begin.
By the end of 2020, it is estimated that 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps – 1,000 times higher than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future