Vodafone 5G goes live in Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds
Vodafone 5G goes live in Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds and expands in Greater Manchester while British mobile operators race to overtake rival EE
- Vodafone says it now has 5G available in more than 100 locations around the world
- They have rolled out 5G to the Republic of Ireland, including Dublin and Cork
- Vodafone says it does not charge customers extra costs for access to the 5G network
- The company has also rolled out multi-operator base stations for the first time
Vodafone has rolled out its next-generation mobile network in more UK locations, including Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds.
The company has also expanded its 5G offering in Greater Manchester by using the first fifth generation masts in Cheadle, Rochdale and Stockport.
This brings the total number of 5G locations of the global telecom giant to 100 around the world, including five locations in Ireland.
Vodafone says it is now the first British company to offer multi-operator technology that allows providers to share the same mobile base station.
The company says this will help to “reduce energy and the number of masts needed.”
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The company has also expanded its 5G offering in Greater Manchester and rolled out the first fifth generation masts to Cheadle, Rochdale and Stockport
In December, EE 5G brought in nine new locations in the UK, bringing the next generation of mobile services to a total of 50 villages and towns.
Vodafone 5G is now available at 36 locations in the UK, second after EE and before both O2 and Three.
Vodafone launched its 5G service in July 2019 and is now available in more than 30 cities in the UK, focusing on areas with high data usage.
The company says they have focused on expanding to more areas in Greater Manchester to underline their commitment to the “most important regional powerhouse.”
“Salford is also the location of Vodafone’s first digital test bed and is now being used by more than 100 application developers and startups,” said a spokesperson.
Rival telecom company O2 expanded its 5G network at the beginning of the year and expanded to 13 new cities with their next generation network in 20 locations.
LIST WITH VODAFONE 5G LOCATIONS
- Cheadle and Gatley
- Isle of Scilly
Meanwhile, three announced last month that it is postponing the rollout of its 5G service for an unspecified time.
The company, which launched the 3G launch, only offers 5G as a broadband service at home in parts of London.
Vodafone said it was important for them to expand 5G to Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds because they are ‘thriving technology cities’.
According to the mobile giant, mobile data usage at each of those locations has increased by more than 90 percent in the last two years.
“The arrival of 5G meets future demand and means that more customers can experience WiFi such as speeds on the move,” the company said.
It is expected that 5G is up to 1000 times faster than the currently used network standard, 4G.
According to Which? The time required to download an HD movie can only be 0.6 seconds on a 5G network, compared to 60 seconds on 4G.
Vodafone has expanded its next-generation mobile network to more locations in the UK, including Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds
However, according to a uSwitch survey, many phone users are reluctant to upgrade to 5G, of which only 19 percent believe it will improve connectivity.
Vodafone has also rolled out 5G to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Cork
“We now offer 5G in double the number of places that our closest rival has and we have significantly increased the capacity of our network,” said Nick Jeffery, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone UK.
“It is ready for the arrival in 2020 of some great new 5G handsets and the next major software version that delivers ultra-low latency. Together, these 5G will lift to a higher level. “
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 carrying 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.
Although 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 multiple 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