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Vodafone Switches On First UK Full 5G Trial via Commercial Network

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 (8:59 am) - Score 2,514
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Vodafone today claims to have become the “first to switch on” a full 5G service over a commercial network in Salford, Greater Manchester. This will be followed by roll-outs in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London by December 2018. Cornwall, the Lake District and Scottish Highlands will follow.

By comparison other trials have so far only been tested within a single location or by using parts of the existing 4G network, although in fairness the use of the word “full” should still be taken with a pinch of salt because truly final hardware (particularly on the consumer side) is not yet ready. This remains a trial, not a true commercial deployment.

The Salford trial, which provides coverage to MediaCityUK and the surrounding area, is connected to Vodafone’s nationwide “converged fibre network” and is being tested end-to-end using wireless routers (akin to a fixed wireless broadband ISP). The trial will also make use of the recently released 3.4GHz spectrum band and could offer Gigabit speeds to specific premises, as well as low latency (1-5ms is the desire).

A more traditional 5G trial for the mobile environment (Smartphones etc.) will follow later, once the necessary consumer kit has started to become available later next year. The full scale commercial roll-out will then begin in 2020, after Ofcom has auctioned and released the initial batch of 5G friendly bands.

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO, said:

“We are leading the roll out of 5G across the UK, starting with Greater Manchester. A further six cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London – will shortly receive full 5G too. Next year, we will bring 5G to the Scottish Highlands, Cornwall and the Lake District, among other locations.

We have worked closely with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to help ensure the city is not only an economic powerhouse, but also a digital powerhouse. That is why we are making a multi-million pound investment to offer world-class communications to Greater Manchester’s thriving media and tech community, consumers and our own 1,000 or so employees who work there.”

Vodafone is now inviting local companies and organisations to register their interest in trying 5G at its new “Future Ready” innovation centre and digital incubator when it opens in Spring 2019. In partnership with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and MediaCityUK, the innovation centre will be equipped with our very latest digital technology (e.g. 5G wireless routers, gigabit-capable optical-fibre links and IoT services).

Vodafone will open up its innovation centre to winners of Vodafone Techstarter, an award for innovative technology with a social purpose. Techstarter offers a £300,000 fund through a partnership with the Vodafone Foundation and Social Tech Trust, the UK’s leading supporter of socially-motivated tech ventures.

Meanwhile EE recently switched-on their first live 5G trial in Montgomery Square (Canary Wharf, London) and they hope to begin their commercial UK roll-out later in 2019.

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4 Responses
  1. Avatar Michael V

    This is great that they are testing 5G-NR in the 3.4GHz band. If it’s using mmWave technology then it’s probably [almost] full Fifth Generation networking. There’s no mention of what exactly they are using here.
    With the release of 700MHz band from 2019/20 Operators will be able to cover more land mass than the current 800MHz. Other Operators around the world have been testing 5G with the backhaul & tech of 4.9G / LTE-A. Great to see British Operators have waited to test full 5G.

  2. Avatar matt

    How does one take part in these trials I wonder or is telco employees only

  3. Avatar Al

    More radiation for your body to handle. Real bad

    • Avatar L.Taylor

      I agree with previous post from AI, 5G’s implementation is a complete disregard for life on earth! Research ‘active denial system’ which uses the same waves and is only turned on for a limited time, 5G will be on CONSTANTLY 24/7. Microwaves are DEADLY, not just for us but for insects/birds who rely on waves for direction. 5G is an mm PULSE/SQUARE wave, far deadlier than 4G. Ask the experts who have worked with microwave weapons.

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