Vodafone Italy has announced plans to launch the country’s first commercial 5G mobile network on 16 June. The new ‘Giga Network 5G’ service will be made available in Milan and 28 of its local municipalities, plus in Rome, Turin, Naples and Bologna. The firm added that it expects to have 5G services available in 45-50 cities by end-2020 and around 100 cities and tourist resorts by 2021. Meanwhile, Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to implement 5G roaming between Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK next month.
Services are being offered from 16 June to private customers on Vodafone’s RED Unlimited Smart, RED Unlimited Black, Shake it Easy and Vodafone One Pro plans at no extra cost, while for users on other tariffs the 5G service will cost an additional EUR5 (USD5.62) per month. Business users on ‘Black’ plans will be offered 5G for free, while those on ‘Red’ tariffs will be charged an additional EUR5 per month.
Aldo Bisio, CEO of Vodafone Italy, commented: ‘5G paves the way for a new era of digital development services in the country. Services for consumers, citizens and businesses, which will expand the possibilities of individuals and communities and make new and more efficient business models possible. We expect exponential growth of our services, with a profound social and economic impact.’