What you need to know
- UK carrier Three is about to start its 5G rollout.
- 66 places will go live from the end of February.
- Three has more 5G bandwidth than any other UK carrier.
UK carrier Three is going to switch on 5G in 66 locations at the end of February, in several major cities and some fairly small towns as well.
As reported by TechRadar, Three is the last of the UK carriers to roll out a 5G launch, however, their coverage appears to be much more substantial than its competitors.
Whilst EE launched 5G in eight cities, and O2 in six, Three plans to switch on 66 locations. The full list includes; Aberdeen, Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Doncaster, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield, and a whole host of smaller towns. You can read the full list here.
According to Three's website, it has more 5G spectrum than any other UK carrier:
Spectrum is the over-the-air bandwidth that mobile networks need to transmit data. And when it comes to 5G, there's a lot of data. Thankfully, we've got more usable 5G spectrum than anyone else.
With 140MHz of 5G spectrum (and 100MHz of it contiguous), our service will be much faster and able to handle more data. This is something the other operators cannot currently do because they have at most 50MHz of 5G spectrum.
In fact, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards indicate that to deliver a 5G network, you may need to have a minimum of 100MHz of 5G spectrum. Right now, we're the only UK mobile network to have over this amount.
Currently, 5G phones available from the Carrier include the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G and Samsung's brand new offerings, the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra.
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