5G ‘could replace home broadband’ as Three launches ‘fastest ever’ network in UK

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Could 5G change the way we use the internet (Getty)
Could 5G change the way we use the internet (Getty)

In the not-too-distant future, 5G could allow home broadband users to ditch wires altogether, opting to have the internet delivered wirelessly instead.

Mobile network Three has confirmed it will launch its 5G network in August, with a package targeted at home users.

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The network plans to reach 25 UK towns and cities before the end of 2019.

The new network is predicted to drive technologies such as self-driving cars, augmented reality, VR and ‘smart cities’, where sensors help cities to monitor everything from pollution to traffic.

The technology can offer 20-times faster data speeds than 4G long-term evolution (LTE) networks and better support for artificial intelligence and virtual reality with low latency.

Sometimes it can offer 100-times faster speeds.

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The network operator said it is investing £2 billion in its infrastructure to support the new network.

5G technology is the next generation of mobile network and is expected to offer internet

speeds several times that of current generation 4G.

The company has suggested its own 5G network will be the fastest in the UK, claiming peak speeds could be more than twice as fast as its rivals.

Rival operator EE launched their 5G network last week, and Vodafone is due to begin rolling out its own network at the beginning of July.

Three's rollout will begin with a 5G home broadband service in London, before expanding to other towns and cities including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sunderland before the end of the year.

Three chief executive Dave Dyson said: 'It's clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data.

'We have the UK's best network for data and we have led the market on customer usage on both 3G and 4G technologies.

'We have worked hard over a long period of time to be able to offer the best end to end 5G experience.

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