Vodafone Gets Ahead of the Pack and Confirms the Date Its 5G Service Will Go Live

By Shabana Arif on at

Vodafone has announced that its 5G network will be going live on 3rd July and that it won't cost any more than its 4G network.

O2 and EE also have plans to roll out their 5G networks this year, but neither has confirmed a date. O2's "four corners of the UK" 5G plan will see Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London customers get 5G support this year, with additional locations being added in 2020. EE hasn't been as vocal with its plans for 5G, although it did have a few words to say last year in response to O2's comments that branded any 5G services launching in 2019 would be '5G lite'.

Yesterday, EE revealed that it will a part of OnePlus' livestream event later today, unveiling the new OnePlus 7 series – you can find out when it's on and how to watch it right here. The service provider tweeted that it was looking forward to the event and mentioned that Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer brands, would be on stage to talk about "how EE and OnePlus are bringing 5GEE to the UK."

Both EE and Vodafone announced plans for their 5G services in 2018, with Vodafone's trial extending to seven UK cities this year, including Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, and Glasgow.

Vodafone will be adding an additional 12 locations later this year, to include Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton. The company plans to have 1,000 5G sites up and running by 2020.

If cows can manage to have a smooth 5G rollout, we should enjoy one too, so sit tight over the next few months and keep your udders crossed. [Pocket-Lint]