Three's Launching 5G in August, Promises to be "UK's Fastest 5G Network"

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

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. Now it's Three's turn to scrap the 2020 goal and launch 5G way ahead of schedule.

Three's eyebrow-raising speed claims are based on it having more 5G spectrum than rival networks, with 140MHz of the stuff.

Impressively, Three is also claiming that its 5G network will offer peak speeds that are at least twice as fast as rivals, as well as providing a more reliable connection.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: "It's clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data".

5G will offer mobile connection speeds of almost 10 times current 4G speeds and is expected to cover 80 percent of network traffic, according to a press release.

"We have worked hard over a long period of time to be able to offer the best end to end 5G experience". Note that these networks have more spectrum than that in total, it's just not spectrum that's ideal for 5G use. Three claims speeds will be comparable to fibre broadband.

EE launched 5G services in six cities in May, while Vodafone will launch on July 3.

Andrea Dona, head of Vodafone's United Kingdom mobile networks, said: "In the medium term, we will be switching off 3G, because the use of the 3G band and what we get in return is not that efficient so we can use some of the 3G spectrum bands for 5G". Those sticking with 4G should also get a boost too, as the company is hoping to deliver "up to 400 per cent improvements in 4G speed and capacity" by deploying more 4G spectrum, converting 3G spectrum and upgrading its antennas as part of a £2 billion investment in its infrastructure.

"Then we don't have to waste higher frequency, like the U.S. are using the millimetre wave. we can use the low band which is more efficient". So even if you don't have 5G in your area for a while, you might get a 4G service that comes close.