Vodafone UK’s commercial 5G service to go live in July

Vodafone UK has announced that its commercial 5G network will go live for both consumers and business customers in seven cities in the UK on 3 July. The company will also offer 5G roaming in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain over the summer.

The seven cities are: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton, will follow later in the year. The company has said that its 5G service will be priced at the same level as 5G for both consumers and business customers.

Vodafone will soon be opening a technology centre at MediaCity, Salford, Greater Manchester and will equip the Ricoh Arena – home of Wasps rugby and netball clubs – with 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Customers will be able to choose from several 5G compatible devices ahead of the company’s 5G network switch on, including:

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Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: “We started our 5G journey more than three years ago. We led the way in setting 5G standards to ensure phones and networks work well together. We upgraded our masts to be able to take 5G without disruption. And we were the first UK company to test 5G over our all-fibre core fixed and mobile network.

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