Vodafone on Tuesday announced that its 5G network would go live in the United Kingdom for both common consumers as well as business customers on July 3, giving the United Kingdom its first official 5G launch date.
The firm has also said that 5G roaming in Italy, Germany and Spain will follow in the summer.
The 5G network will come to seven cities first - Vodafone says that Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London "will be among the first cities in the world to receive 5G".
With Vodafone's announcement in the news and summer almost here I don't think it will be long before we hear more concrete from EE, O2 and Three about their respective 5G rollout plans.
Vodafone will not price 5G higher than 4G.
Cities that will see 5G later in the year are Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.
However, Vodafone also revealed it had cut its annual dividend by 40 per cent to offset the costs of buying 5G spectrum, the first time it has cut its dividend payments since it started them in 1990.
While 5G networks are already up and running in certain areas in South Korea and the United States, weve yet to see much traction in Europe. While operators in the states have since responded, not much has been heard from operators in the United Kingdom and European Union, but that changes now, as one of UK's largest operator Vodafone is all set to make its 5G network go live. We upgraded our masts to be able to take 5G without disruption.
Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: "We can today announce the largest launch of 5G in the UK and be the first to announce 5G roaming". It means that United Kingdom businesses can lead the world in adopting 5G to boost productivity and attract investment. You'll be able to download 4K movies in a couple of minutes, but it's not just downloads that will be improved.
If you are very lucky, it is possible to get 4G speeds of around 400Mbps although this isn't something many consumers will have ever experienced. So there will be a few 5G phones to choose from.