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UK gets July 5G launch date

by on14 May 2019

Vodafone is the first

Vodafone has announced that its 5G network will go live on the 3rd of July, making it the first to set a hard date for the launch of its next-gen mobile network.

It will roll out over seven cities ; Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. By the end of the year, the operator plans to add 12 more cities — Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton — for a total of 19 cities. Outside of the UK, Vodafone will offer 5G roaming across Germany, Italy, and Spain

Vodafone said that four 5G phones would be available for the new network soon. The first of these, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, will go on sale starting next week, while the Huawei Mate 20 X (5G) and Samsung S10 5G will be available to preorder later this month. Vodafone also says that Huawei’s 5G foldable handset, the Huawei Mate X, will be available this summer and that a 5G home router called the 5G Gigacube will also be available. Pricing of these handsets and routers are due to be announced next week, and they will initially be available to use on 4G networks before the July 3rd switch on date.

EE has said that it plans to launch its 5G network this summer. Three will launch its network in the second half of this year, while O2’s network will be available before the end of the year.

5G roaming across Germany, Italy, and Spain will launch this summer.


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