Vodafone UK launching 5G network on July 3

While 5G networks are already up and running in certain areas in South Korea and the US, we’ve yet to see much traction in Europe. Today, Vodafone UK becomes the first major carrier to announce an official launch date for its 5G service, scheduled for July 3.

The new generation network will initially be available across London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool with plans for a larger roll-out by the end of the year. More importantly, Vodafone said its 5G pricing for both consumers and businesses will be identical to its current 4G services.

“We started our 5G journey more than three years ago. We led the way in setting 5G standards to ensure phones and networks work well together. We upgraded our masts to be able to take 5G without disruption. And we were the first UK company to test 5G over our all-fiber core fixed and mobile network. – Nick Jeffery (Vodafone UK CEO)

On launch, users will be able to pick between four 5G compatible smartphones – Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G coming May 23, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G later this month and Huawei’s Mate 20 X 5G and Mate X available in June.

The carrier will also begin offering offer 5G roaming service in the other European countries including Germany, Italy and Spain later this summer. The Internet of Things (IoT) is another priority for Vodafone which is going to equip the Ricoh Arena in Coventry with 5G installations for a better-connected experience during sporting events and concerts.

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Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).