Three UK has finally launched its 5G network – and proven that sometimes, the best things do come to those who wait.
Joining EE and Vodafone in the ultrafast internet club, today Three announced that it’s launching one single 5G plan at £35 per month, that gets you truly unlimited, high-speed internet in your home.
Shaking up the broadband market entirely, Three’s news is set to revolutionise home broadband services, most prominently as it ensures you’ll never need to book a day off work for an engineer visit or pay an installation fee again.
Working on an easy ‘plug and play’ hub basis, customers simply purchase the £20 hub, then plug in the device themselves and immediately get instant access to the internet and speedy streaming.
But there are some key differences between Three and its fellow 5G rival’s networks, as unlike EE and Vodafone whose 5G services are available in several major cities, Three is only launchings its 5G in London for now – and interesting, on home broadband.
However, Three has already confirmed that it will be launching its 5G mobile service at no extra cost for its subscribers, on all their contract, SIM only and PAYG mobile plans, as well as continuing to offer “unlimited” data, despite the fact the new 5G network costs more to run.
Predicting that 80% of their network traffic will be covered by 5G within 3 years, the initial plan is to cover 25 towns and cities by the end of 2019, as well as pledging that their 5G network will be “at least 2x faster” at launch than their rivals. A bold statement…
But there’s good reason behind the operator’s bullish attitude regarding its 5G network: the fact that the company owns more of the 5G spectrum that its competitors right now, although that may change once more next come up for auction.
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Three UK’s 25 5G Launch Cities for 2019:
- Milton Keynes
Following Three’s announcement, Ben Wood, Chief of Research at CCS Insight commented on Three’s new 5G offering and how much promise the mobile network holds for its future innovations.
He said, “This is Three UK’s first tentative step into the 5G market and given it’s a pure play operator focused on mobile connectivity its unsurprising it has decided to offer a disruptive 5G home broadband solution, particularly given it is able to leverage the former Relish assets that it had acquired.”
“It will be interesting to see how big its coverage footprint at point of launch in the London area and how quickly it is able to expand.”
“Three UK is in pole position when it comes to its potential with 5G given the huge slice of spectrum it owns. The 100MHz of contiguous spectrum is the optimal package when it comes to rolling out 5G technology. This is a first toe in the water for the 5G service and I guess we’ll really find out what Three can offer when the wider 5G network is turned on and you can use it with a smartphone.”
“Now Vodafone UK has jumped on the “unlimited” bandwagon Three will have to work extra hard to differentiate its 5G offer. Expect to hear a lot more about its spectrum holding and strong base of data hungry users in coming months.”
“With the most data hungry mobile customers in the UK, 5G can’t come soon enough for Three from a capacity and performance perspective. This 5G broadband solution is a first step, but getting 5G handsets into its users’ hands has to be the big focus going forward.”