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Get ready! 5G speed is about to hit the UK

5G's here to bring supersonic speeds to your phone! Which means better streaming without the buffering, faster video downloads and seamless lag-free gaming. When we say faster, we're talking minimum download speeds of 10-50 gbps (gigabits per second) - as much as 1000x faster than 4G. You could download a full HD movie in seconds.

5G is available to order now on the Vodafone network, ready for launch on 03/07/19, and will be gradually rolled out by the networks.

Vodafone 5G

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5G is the fifth and newest generation of mobile networking. It works on higher frequencies - and more of them - to bring faster, more reliable outdoor coverage to mobile networks.


Which means any last-minute movies you want to download, any multiplayer action games you want to play on the go, and any map navigating you need to do - just got a whole lot faster too.


Look forward to holographic calls, remote healthcare, cloud-based AR gaming and smart home and city connectivity.


5G is going to be a game changer, opening up a new world of seamless opportunities. And it is available to order now on Vodafone, ready for launch on 03/07/19.

Vodafone 5G launch

Vodafone 5G will launch in seven UK cities on 3 July 2019. Find our 5G Vodafone network in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol.


5G will then arrive in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton later this year.


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EE are adding 5G where it matters most and have launched their 5G network!


In 2019 they’ll be switching 5G sites on in 16 UK cities, with the UK’s four capitals as well as Birmingham and Manchester available at launch.


To give their customers the very best experience, they’re focusing on bringing 5G to the busiest places where the power of 5G can make the biggest difference. 5G will provide customers a faster and more reliable connection even in the biggest crowds.


EE launched their 5G network on 30/05/19 and it will be available through Carphone Warehouse very soon. Register your interest now to be the first to find out when it is available.


5G Mobile Phones

Not long to wait now!

5G phones are coming to the UK. Yep, we’re excited too.


If you’ve been following the mobile technology world (or gently stalking the Mobile World Congress Twitter feed), you’ll have seen and heard that 5G really isn’t far away…


The first of the 5G action happened in the US in April 2019 with Verizon becoming the first manufacturer to sell a 5G phone (the Moto Z3 with accompanying 5G Moto Mod). Hot on its heels, Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in South Korea.


In the UK, you can now order on Vodafone and they will launch their 5G network on 03/07/19 and EE have announced it will be available from 30/05/2019. With 5G just around the corner why not do some swotting? Read on to find out what 5G is, how it can benefit your mobile usage, and, crucially, just how fast it is (spoiler alert: it’s really, really fast).

What is 5G?

Let's start with the basics. 5G stands for fifth generation – that is, the fifth generation of mobile network technology. In the same way 4G was a step up from 3G data, 5G represents the next step for internet on your phone.


That said, 5G and 4G operate in different ways. While 4G uses several large, high-power cell towers that radiate signals over long distances, 5G uses a large number of smaller cell stations instead. These multiple small cells are scattered throughout the country, placed on things like light poles and building roofs.


Why the change? It’s all to do with how 5G works.



What are the benefits of 5G?

Still, all this means is that 5G will deliver faster network speeds, a faster connection and increased network capacity compared to 4G. The benefits of 5G include:

-    Faster data download and upload speeds

-    More responsive wireless networks

-    Low latency (that’s a shorter lag time between a device pinging the network and getting a response)

-    More stable, precise connections

-    Wider coverage



How fast is 5G?

So, exactly how fast is the 5G data speed? Well, in short, it’s really fast.


Here’s the longer answer: In a test environment, 5G delivered download speeds of 1Tbps (Terabit per second). In reality, 5G is expected to deliver a minimum download speed of 10-50 Gbps (Gigabits per second).


In comparison, 4G can only offer a maximum of about 300Mps (Megabits per second), although on average, you’ll find your access tops out at 20Mbps. This makes 5G as much as 1000x faster than 4G and means you could download a full HD movie in a matter of seconds.


Keep in mind that the speed you’ll have access to will depend on what your chosen mobile network operator can offer.


So, how does 5G work?

For mobile internet, networks use a radio spectrum that’s broken into bands of different frequencies. 4G networks use frequencies below 6 GHz while 5G uses frequencies between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. This new, higher-frequency radio spectrum is called the ‘millimetre waves spectrum’ and is needed for the high speeds that 5G wants to offer.


The problem is, this high frequency wavelength can only travel over short distances, with things like the weather or physical objects likely to disrupt the signal. For 5G to work properly, thousands of strategically placed antennas will be needed – each with a clear, direct line of sight between itself and the device it’s trying to connect to it. Sounds like a tall order to us - it’s no wonder the 5G rollout is expected to happen over the course of years, rather than months.



What can 5G do?

5G could have massive benefits in areas like remote surgery, haptic feedback, self-driving cars, enhanced drones and virtual and augmented reality. In the immediate term, some of the things 5G could do include:

-    Better streaming, without constant buffering

-    Faster video download speeds

-    A more seamless gaming experience (goodbye lag!)

-    Seamless multi-way video calling

-    Faster file transfer speeds

-    Consistently strong signals


Over time, as manufacturers and network operators continue to explore the new technology, 5G could bring super-fast, fibre-like speeds with extremely low latency to every location in the world.



What UK networks are offering?

Three out of four operators have confirmed where they intend to roll out 5G in this initial run. As you might expect, they’re targeting areas with a high population first.


Here’s a breakdown below:

-    EE 5G will roll out in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester and London over summer 2019, and in a further 10 cities by the end of the year.

-    O2 5G will be available in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and London to start with, although they have said that they don’t plan on launching a 5G service until 2020.

-    Vodafone 5G will roll out in 7 initial cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, with a further 12 planned before the end of the year.


There’s no word yet as to when Virgin Mobile’s 5G offering will launch, and iD Mobile’s 5G launch hasn’t been confirmed yet either.