British network Three is set to join its larger rivals as it rolls out 5G mobile services in major cities including London, Birmingham and Glasgow, from the end of the month.
Owned by Hong Kong’s Hutchison, Three launched a 5G home broadband product in central London in 2019. At that time, Three’s Chief Executive, Dave Dyson wanted all elements of the network, including its “cloud core”, fully functioning before moving onto mobile.
In a statement Dyson said, Three’s entry into the market coincides with 5G compatible handsets, including the Samsung’s Galaxy S20 range which the South Korean company unveilled on Tuesday, would spark wider interest in ultrafast services.
Apple is also scheduled to launch its 5G iPhones later this year, predict industry analysts.
“We are prepped and ready for that critical inflection point,” said Dyson.
Unlike its gibber rivals, Three said, it would provide customers access to 5G with no speed caps and at no extra cost on all contract, SIM-only and pay-as-you-go mobile plans.
Three’s service will initially be available in 25 cities and towns; it aims to have 80% coverage of the UK by the end of 2021.
Although Three’s spectrum holdings lagged rivals, but when it came to 5G, its position got reversed.
In a statement Three said, it currently holds more 5G spectrum than the rest of the industry combined; its was the only UK operator with the 100MHz of 5G spectrum required to meet the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standard for a 5G network.
Three has also partnered with Central Saint Martins, a leading London fashion design college, to create a fully immersive 5G catwalk experience as part of London Fashion Week.