Vodafone to launch 5G network in July using Huawei kit

Vodafone to launch 5G network in July using Huawei kit

Vodafone on Tuesday announced that its 5G network would go live in the United Kingdom for both common consumers as well as business customers on July 3, giving the United Kingdom its first official 5G launch date.

To take advantage of the faster network speeds being promised by Vodafone, you'll need to ensure you have a 5G phone.

The firm says that users in the United Kingdom will be able to use this ultra-fast service from July 3 2019 with both consumers and business customers able to access this update. Vodafone is also offering 5G roaming in the UK, Italy, France and Spain over the summer.

A choice of 5G smartphones will be available to buy online or in Vodafone stores over the summer, while the first smartphone goes on sale next week.

The 5G network will come to seven cities first - Vodafone says that Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London "will be among the first cities in the world to receive 5G".

Vodafone's 5G coverage will then arrive in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton later this year. Vodafone 5G will go live on 3 July, with 5G roaming following later in the Summer. Hopefully, given time and competition, service pricing should continue to decline and data allowances increase. The price plans will be unveiled next week.

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In terms of speed, 5G offers massive speed improvements over 4G.

5G is an evolution of current network technology, 4G, and will enable download speeds between 10 and 100 times faster than current rates. Furthermore, Vodafone's sponsorship of ESL means that it is focussed upon bringing fast and responsive services to gamers.

All handsets will be 4G-compatible and will switch to 5G when it is turned on.

The above products can initially be used with 4G services, and be ready for 5G once launched in your area.

Don't worry if you're not a Vodafone customer as we're expecting to hear from EE, O2 and Three about their 5G plans soon.

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