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Vodafone launches 5G service in seven UK cities

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Vodafone has become the second British telco to switch on 5G services in the country, unveiling a service in seven cities on Wednesday and saying it plans to expand to 27 cities in total across Europe.

In a statement, the company claimed it would become the first to offer unlimited data on both 4G and 5G when it launches its Vodafone Unlimited service on 10 July.

There would be no additional charge for accessing the 5G network and all unlimited SIMs were 5G-ready, the statement added.

EE, which is part of the BT Group, was the first UK operator to switch on 5G, launching its service on 30 May.

The switching on of the Vodafone service was also used to demonstrate the ability that 5G has to transmit a sense of touch using haptic technology.

Two players from the Wasps rugby union team demonstrated a tackle, despite being more than 160 km apart. Vodafone is a sponsor of the team.

Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said: “5G will transform the way we live and work. Our customers are streaming over 50% more content today than they did last year, and with 5G the demand for data is only set to increase.

"That is why we want to remove the limits on data, so that customers can unlock the full potential of 5G, and we can really propel the UK into the digital age. By offering unlimited plans to our consumer and business customers, we will revolutionise the market. We will give customers all the data they need, when and where they want it.”

Vodafone is offering customers the choice of two 5G smartphones: the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the Samsung S10 5G, as well as a 5G router, the 5G GigaCube.

There is as yet no indication when Vodafone Hutchison Australia, which is half-owned by the Vodafone Group, will launch 5G services.

The Australian firm has attempted a merger with TPG Telecom which has been knocked back by the competition watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. An appeal against this is now in court.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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