With actual, real, 5G smartphones announced now, there’ll be customers soon wanting to take advantage of this new super-speedy capability. Vodafone have announced that trial sites in Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol have just been enabled, and 12 further cities – on top of the 7 already announced – will be going live this year.
The network became the in the UK company to carry 5G traffic over their commercial operation last year, and 5G antennas are also now setup in Birmingham, Glasgow and London. All the 5G masts are connected to Vodafone backbone, which is called “RedStream”. This is a network of super-fast, super-fat optical pipes which can deliver speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second to the sites. This means that even at busy times, you’ll see no buffering.
5G will also be launching in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.