Three first to roll out revolutionary 5G broadband

posted on Tuesday, 20th August 2019 by Steve May

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Mobile operator Three has become the first network to offer consumers an ultra fast 5G broadband service. Initially only available in parts of London, the move is potentially the most disruptive yet in a space which has been dominated by fast fibre.

The service doesn’t just bring hitherto unseen speeds to consumers, it’s essentially built around a plug and play solution. Consumers can simply order a 5G hub, and pay £35 per month for unlimited high speed data in the home.

There’s no requirement to take a landline, and no need for service providers to dig up roads to facilitate a connection. With 5G broadband, a connection can support multiple 4K streams, online gaming and remote working. And if a consumer moves house, they can literally unplug the device and take it with them.

For integrators, 5G opens up new opportunities in terms of high-speed wired and wireless connectivity in the home, both in terms of infrastructure and devices.

“Three’s 5G is going to revolutionise the home broadband experience,” insists Dave Dyson, CEO at Three. “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. The ease and immediacy of it all means home broadband using 5G is going to be key to the future of the connected home.”

Three says it will roll out 5G across 25 cities in the UK by the end of the year, and that all of its 10 million customers will have access to 5G at no extra cost. Mobile customers will be able to access 5G once they have a compatible handset and in a 5G area, and coverage will continue to expand throughout 2020 and beyond.

Three is the only UK network that has 100MHz of contiguous spectrum that supports ultrafast speeds. To celebrate the launch of Three’s 5G Broadband, designer Henry Holland and Director of Immersive Experiences Connie Harrison (pictured) produced the ‘Living Room of the Future’. An immersive mixed reality experience delivered via Magic Leap augmented reality technology fuelled by 5G. It’s available to see at Three’s flagship store, at 297 Oxford Street, until November 2019.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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