Three UK to switch on 5G in August, starting with home broadband

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Three claims that it has more 5G spectrum that the other big United Kingdom operators and that its network will be capable of hitting peak speeds that are "at least 2x faster" than its rivals.

It will then follow-up by expanding its 5G mobile network to 25 cities and towns by the end of the year.

However, as with EE - which is the only United Kingdom company to now offer a 5G network - you won't be able to access 5G everywhere initially.

The launches are part of Three's £2 billion ($2.5 billion) 5G infrastructure investment commitment.

Three, which is owned by Hutchison, said it would start its 5G network with a London home broadband service, joining BT's EE and Vodafone in launching services in 2019. Three claims its speeds will be at least twice as fast as the competition at peak times.

"We have the UK's best network for data and we have led the market on customer usage on both 3G and 4G technologies".

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Three CEO Dave Dyson said in a statement that it was "clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data", and that "5G is a game changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the United Kingdom who can offer true 5G".

We don't know everything about Three's 5G launch yet, but the company has promised to provide more details about handsets and pricing in July, so stay tuned. Three claims speeds will be comparable to fibre broadband.

United Kingdom consumers are predicted to consume 13 times more mobile data in 2025 than today and 5G is hoped to cater with this extra demand.

The operator plans to have deployed 5G services across 80% of its footprint over the next three years. Other operators hold 40MHz and 50MHz blocks - including the already-launched EE network, plus Vodafone's that will launch in July.

Three hopes to offer 400 percent improvements in speed and capacity, in addition to using "advanced antenna technology". So even if you don't have 5G in your area for a while, you might get a 4G service that comes close.

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