Three will flick the switch on its 5G this August, promising mobile coverage in 25 cities by the end of the year. Its initial offering, though, will consist of a broadband-only solution.
The network’s home broadband will be available only to Londoners at first, and will consist of a plug-and-play router solution. Three claims speeds will be comparable to fibre broadband.
As well as offering better speeds, 5G will bring a host of other benefits to customers, including more consistent coverage in busy areas. Beyond mobile internet, it will also allow for the growth of new technologies, including autonomous vehicles, seamless smart homes and souped-up gaming and VR experiences.
EE Vodafone is set to follow with its own .last month, and the network is now live in select areas of six UK cities.
Of the four major UK networks, this now leaves O2 as the only carrier yet to announce a launch date for its 5G. But it’s important to remember that there’s more to 5G than just being first to launch.
It will take some time before all the carriers properly establish their networks and can provide coverage that. But even if you’re not set on being an early adopter, you can at least start browsing to decide what your next handset will be when the time does come.