British mobile network operator (MNO) Three UK has launched its first fifth-generation service offering, dubbed ‘5G Home Broadband’. With the operator having reportedly switched on its 5G infrastructure in a small number of locations in central London, it is offering users a service which requires connection via a 5G router, and provides unlimited data at ‘fibre-like, ultrafast speeds’ for GBP35 (USD42) per month.
Looking ahead, the MNO has said it is aiming to boost coverage swiftly, with it outlining plans to reach a total of 25 UK towns and cities with 5G technology by the end of 2019. The locations where the network is expected to be live by that date are Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland and Wolverhampton.
Commenting on the service launch, Three UK’s chief executive, Dave Dyson, said: ‘Three’s 5G is going to revolutionise the home broadband experience. No more paying for landline rental, no more waiting for engineers, and even a same day delivery option. It really is the straightforward plug and play broadband that customers have been waiting for … We’ve taken a simple approach with one single truly unlimited data plan to give customers the opportunity to fully explore 5G and all its exciting possibilities.’