5g is coming
Vodafone has amassed a decent amount of spectrum, won big at the recent 5G spectrum auction and is already carrying out various 5G trials, including some UK firsts.
It’s got big plans too, with seven cities set to get 5G trial networks before the end of 2018 and an ambitious goal to bring 1 gigabyte per second speeds to its customers at home, work and everywhere in between.
Vodafone is in no rush though,
Network and launch plans
Vodafone has a large 4G network, with over 98% of the UK population covered at last count, which could help with 5G as well, because
This widespread coverage also shows that Vodafone has a strong commitment to upgrading and expanding its network, which will likely continue into 5G.
It’s also focused on speed, as Vodafone also has a 4G LTE Advanced network in some locations, which can be seen as a stepping stone between standard 4G and 5G.
With all that in
Vodafone came out of Ofcom’s recent 5G spectrum auction with 50MHz of
That’s more than any other rival acquired, as EE and O2 each got 40MHz while Three won just 20MHz. That could put Vodafone in a strong early 5G position, as 3.4GHz spectrum should be ideal for the upcoming technology, though notably Three already had some before the auction.
Vodafone also has 176MHz of immediately useable spectrum in other bands. This is less suited to 5G and Vodafone has less of it than EE, but it still has a reasonable amount.