UK mobile operator Three announced its plans to launch its first 5G broadband services in London in August, according to media reports. The company said that it would rollout mobile and broadband services across 25 towns and cities by the end of 2019. Three is hoping to cover 5G broadband across 80 percent of its network traffic by 2022. It also plans to deliver ‘up to 400 percent improvements in 4G speed and capacity’ through better 4G deployment.
The company’s Chief Executive Dave Dyson, said, “It’s clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data.” The company has invested a lot of effort into offering the best ‘end-to-end 5G experience’, he said. “5G is a game changer for Three.”
Three is owned by a HongKong-based multinational conglomerate CK Hutchison Whampoa, according to media reports. Three will start its 5G network with a London-based broadband service. The locations of the first batch are Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland and Wolverhampton.
Three also said that it would announce the details about the specific handsets which will be a part of its mobile launch next month. The company’s £2 billion 5G infrastructure investment includes improvements in network across the major UK cities and a cloud core network provided by Nokia.
“It’s clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data,” Dyson said.