In the UK, mobile operator three launched a 5G network in the UK in August 2019, with its ultra-fast wireless home broadband now available.
That's when there'll be everything you need to know about the Three by 5G network, including upcoming mobile launches, phones, deployment locations, pricing, and more.
What is 5g?
5G is the name for the next generation of mobile communications that promises faster speeds, lower latency, and a more stable signal than ever before.
It works concurrently with both 3G and 4G services, so those shouldn't be affected unless you want to switch right away.
5G requires new hardware, either a specific, supported smartphone or mobile broadband router for the bandwidth it uses. The opportunities are great, however, with 5G services to enhance mobile and even home gaming, incredible upload and download speeds, and provide seamless, always-on internet connectivity for smart home appliances and even cars.
- Learn more about 5G
When will three 5g be available?
Three kicked off the first phase of its 5G network in mid-August, targeting wire-free home broadband initially. It is available in London now and offers an alternative to high speed internet via fiber optic cable.
Other locations that offer 5G connectivity include the flagship store in London's West End and downtown St Martins College of Design.
Its full mobile service will roll out in 25 cities and towns by the end of 2019.
Where three 5g be available?
The locations included before the end of 2019 are:
- Milton Keynes
The current areas of London where three 5G homing broadband services are available are Camden, Camberwell and Southwark. He will also roll out to Hackney, Westminster and Tower Hamlets in the "coming weeks".
- You can view the three coverage map here.
What phones and devices are available in the three 5g?
Tri has confirmed that it will be in the range of three phones from the launch of its 5G mobile service, but they are now available for purchase ahead of time if you want to be prepared.
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Some of its rivals have yet to decide whether to include a Huawei phone in their lineups, but political uncertainty hasn't stopped the three. It already offers a 5G version of the phone, with its full potential unlocked after the launch of the provider's 5G service.
It comes with a mammoth 7.2 inch display and a 5G Balong modem.
Xiaomi Mix Mi 3 5G
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G is currently stocked with three.
It's one of the best 5G phones around and sports a 6.39-inch 2340 x 1080+ Samsung AMOLED display. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor ensures it runs like a ratchet.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G comes with a 6.7 inch display, 4500mAh battery and a quad camera system.
This is also available from other major vendors.
Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router
Three using Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router for the current 5G home broadband services. If you sign up for the plan - from £22 per month - this is the device you get.
HTC Hub 5G
Three has also confirmed in pocket-lint in the past that it will offer the HTC Hub 5G smartphone in the future - an Android smartphone router with screen and multimedia playback capabilities.
How fast three 5g be?
We have yet to see the three networks in full action, so can't give you any Real Madrid speed at this time. We will bring you more when we tested the network ourselves as it expands to a wider range of regions.
However, Three himself claims that his network has the potential to be the fastest of all the major providers, including OO, Vodafone and O2.
This is because it keeps the spectrum in the 140MHz block, including access to 100MHz adjacent black, which is potentially capable of delivering faster 5G speeds. Other operators hold 40 MHz and 50 MHz blocks.
How much will three 5g cost and what are the best deals?
The best news about the three 5G mobile offer is that it will be coming at no additional cost to customers.
You still need a 5G phone to access the ultra-fast network, but don't need to upgrade your existing plan.
Sim-only also unlimited 5G start at £20 per month.
Prices for three-5g home broadband services start at £22 per month.