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Will Vodafone win the 5G race?

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Vodafone has said that it will turn on its 5G service in the UK on 3rd July.

Vodafone 5G launch date
 

The company are using equipment from the Chinese telecoms provider Huawei (despite concerns over security), among others, to deliver the service.

It is the first firm to confirm a UK switch-on date, and both business customers and consumers will be able to sign up.

Vodafone said the benefits of the next-generation mobile network would include faster and more reliable data speeds for customers in busy areas.

Vodafone has said seven cities will be involved in the initial roll-out:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • London

"Offering speeds over 5G up to 10 times faster than 4G, we've shown commuters at busy airports and railway stations that they can download TV box sets or movies in a matter of seconds before they embark on their journey,"

Users will need a 5G-compatible smartphone or router to take advantage of the technology.

5G's other benefits over 4G include lower latencies - meaning less lag between sending a command and receiving a response - and the ability to support more devices simultaneously. That should help pave the way towards the wider use of data-gathering sensors, which in turn should help public authorities and businesses make better informed-decisions.

But it is likely to take years or even decades for the technology's full potential to be harnessed.

Vodafone has said it would reveal details of its 5G price plans next week. However, it has already said they would not be more expensive than its equivalent 4G deals.