UK: Vodafone will launch 5G in 19 towns and cities this year

In the last three months of 2018, Vodafone carried out a 5G trial in seven of the UK’s major cities. The firm has announced today that its 5G network will launch properly this year in a total of 19 towns and cities, including those involved with the trial. Last April, Vodafone did well in bidding in Ofcom’s spectrum auction which left it in a strong position to bring 5G to customers.

The cities and towns that will be included in the launch are (* marks today's newly announced locations):

  • Birkenhead*
  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool*
  • Bournemouth*
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Glasgow
  • Guildford*
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Portsmouth*
  • Plymouth*
  • Reading*
  • Southampton*
  • Stoke-on-Trent*
  • Warrington*
  • Wolverhampton*

Discussing the announcement, Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer Executive, Scott Petty, said:

“Our multi-billion-pound network investment and leading position in setting global standards will ensure our customers have the very latest 5G releases and technology. 5G will also usher in a new era where everyone and everything is better connected, whether you are running a hotel in Portsmouth or broadcasting live at MediaCity in Salford.”

Users connecting to the 5G network will get data via mobile sites that are connected to Vodafone RedStream, a fibre optic network that provides speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Additionally, Vodafone has invested in Active Antenna, a technology that makes 4G sites 5G ready, allowing for multiple-data channels over a single antenna.

No specific launch date was given by Vodafone but it will be going toe-to-toe with similar launches by EE and the O2 network.

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