Research firm Ovum has today revealed that 5G has the potential to bridge the gaps left by more traditional fixed-line broadband across the UK. Currently, although those in cities and built-up areas are blessed with quick internet connections, those in more remote areas can struggle unless they pay a large premium.
However, in research commissioned by Three UK, 5G tech is expected to deliver speeds of 80-100 Mbps. This is, on average, double the current speeds which are obtained using using traditional, fixed-broadband services (46 Mbps). They’re also making a big claim that 5G could totally replace traditional connections for 85% of the UK’s 26 million fixed line customers.
Not only that, but they’re also claiming that customers will save too. An estimated £240 per year by eliminating the need for fixed-line rental.
Flexible contracts should also mean that people aren’t tied in. In addition, there’s no drilling through walls or digging up driveways to put cables in.
Chief Executive Officer at Three UK, Dave Dyson, told us..
5G gives consumers the opportunity to bin their fixed line, enjoy faster speeds and save money. Wireless home broadband means that we can speed up access to super-fast internet services at a lower cost, without installation delays or inflexible contracts.
At Three, we’re making significant investments to make this technology viable as we ready our network for 5G. Government and Ofcom have the right ambition to improve UK connectivity and we will work with them to show that there are other alternatives to fibre.
Three UK is aiming to launch a 5G wireless home broadband service in the second half of 2019.