Three UK 5G Rollout

Three UK have given us an update in regards to their 5G rollout. And so far, things are looking very promising, for those lucky 154 towns and cities that Three’s 5G service is now rolling out too.

The update also brings the start of Ericsson’s 5G site rollout – which is now live in Manchester, Glasgow and Reading.

At the moment, my small town still can’t get decent 4G (from most networks, not just Three). So I’m hoping that a site upgrade is coming my soon.

I’ve added a full list of 5G mobile sites at the bottom of this article. Courtesy of ISPreview.

Three UK continues rollout of 5G across the UK

  • Three UK have 5G live in 154towns and cities being serviced by over 800 sites across the UK
  • 5G network is recognised as the fastest in UK in Q3, according to Ookla
  • Partnership with Ericsson includes rollout of 5G and improvements to 4G network
  • Rollout of Ericsson 5G sites has begun in Manchester, Glasgow and Reading

Three UK continues the rollout of its 5G network with the launch of its first Ericsson 5G sites which are now live for our customers in Manchester, Glasgow and Reading.  

Three launched 5G back in August 2019 and is now available to customers in 154towns and cities being serviced by over 800 sites across the UK. Customers using Three’s 5G service will benefit from the UK’s fastest 5G network with median download speeds in excess of 200Mbps in Q3, according to Ookla*. 

The new sites mark the beginning of the next stage of Three’s 5G rollout which will see the connectivity extended to many more areas across the country.

Three became one of over 100 service providers worldwide to establish a 5G commercial agreement with Ericsson back in July. The partnership will help boost network efficiency and enable a cost-effective and rapid extension of 5G across the UK.

Susan Buttsworth, Chief Operating Officer at Three UK said:

“We’re pleased to have our first Ericsson sites live on our network. Ericsson are a key partner in the transformation of our network. Our customers use 3.5 times more data than the industry average so the investments that we are making are vital to enhancing current performance of our 4G network, futureproofing it and delivering on our promise of providing better connectivity, every day for every customer.”

The partnership with Ericsson to rollout our 5G network is part of a £2billion investment into the transformation of Three UKs Network and IT infrastructure, and also includes huge improvements to our 4G network. 

As part of this investment, we have also launched 20 new data centres, made significant improvements to our fibre backhaul capabilities and completed the rollout of VoLTE across our entire 4G network.

All of these improvements are helping us ensure better connectivity, every day, for every customer.

Full List of Three UK’s 5G Mobile Sites

Aberdeen
Abingdon-on-Thames
Adlington
Aldershot
Aldridge
Balloch
Barnsley
Barrow-in-Furness
Basildon
Bath
Bedford
Belfast City
Billericay
Billingham
Birkenhead
Birmingham
Blackburn
Blackpool
Borehamwood
Bournemouth
Bradford
Brighton
Brimington
Bristol
Bromsgrove
Brookmans Park
Broughton
Astley
Burton upon Trent
Cannock
Cardiff / Caerdydd
Chatham
Chelmsford
Cheltenham
Chesham
Christleton
Clayton-le-Woods
Clifton
Colchester
Copmanthorpe
Corringham
Coventry
Crawley
Crook
Cullingworth
Danderhall
Denholme
Derby
Dewsbury
Doncaster
Dundee
East Kilbride
Edinburgh
Ellesmere Port
Exmouth
Glasgow
Gorebridge
Grays
Greenock
Grimsby
Guildford
Hamilton
Hartley
Heanor
HeathcoteHedge End
Hemel Hempstead
Hertford
Heswall
Horley
Horwich
Huddersfield
Huntington
Inchinnan
Ingleby Barwick
Ipswich
Irlam
Iver Heath
Kings Hill
Kings Langley
Kingston upon Hull
Kirkheaton
Leeds
Leicester
Leyland
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lower Stondon
Luton
Maidenhead
Maidstone
Manchester
Mansfield
Marlow Bottom
Metropolitan Castlereagh
Metropolitan Newtownabbey
Milton Keynes
Motherwell
Neston
Newcastle upon Tyne
NewhallNewport / CasnewyddNewquayNewton
AycliffeNewton-le-Willows
Normanton
Northampton
Nottingham
Nuneaton
Ottershaw
Oxford
Peterborough
Plymouth
Porthcawl
Portsmouth
Preston
Reading
Redcar
Royston
Sheffield
Shelly Green
Slough
South Heighton
South Normanton
Southampton
Southend-on-Sea
Southport
St Albans
St Blazey
St Columb Road
Stevenage
Stockton-on-Tees
Stoke-on-Trent
Sunderland
Sunninghill
Sutton in Ashfield
Swadlincote
Swindon
Tamworth
Telford
Thornaby-on-Tees
Wakefield
Walton
Warrington
Washington
Westhoughton
Weybridge
Wickford
Wigan
Winterbourne
Worcester
Worksop
Writtle
York

O2 UK Rolls Out 5G To Over 100 Towns and Cities

O2’s 5G network rolled out to customers in over 100 UK towns and cities

  • O2’s 5G network now available to customers in over 100 UK towns and cities
  • New locations live include Milton Keynes, Ipswich and Chelmsford.
  • O2’s network has supported customers through challenges posed by the pandemic, doubling capacity on its voice network and boosting 4G services across the country.

O2 is today marking the expansion of its network to customers in over 100 UK towns and cities, with rollout continuing ahead of schedule and with several new locations now live, including Milton Keynes, Ipswich, Chelmsford.

A year on from its 5G launch, O2 has continued to roll out the technology at pace with partners Nokia and Ericsson allowing customers take advantage of the high speed network in 108 UK towns and cities.

O2 currently offers 28 5G-enabled devices, including the brand-new Apple iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro which is available for pre-order and launches tomorrow, Friday 23rd October. The iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini will be available from next month.

O2’s 5G network has no premium, and its industry-leading Custom Plans allow existing customers on a Refresh tariff to move onto 5G at any time they choose. O2’s ‘Limitless’ tariff, offers consumers unlimited data browsing, as well as its existing custom plans.

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer at O2 said: “When we launched 5G last October, we said it was the first step on a journey. One year on and we have made some incredible progress, not just in terms of our roll-out but in bringing about new capabilities that will make real changes to people’s everyday lives.

“No one could have predicted the way this year has turned out, and that almost overnight, customers would turn to their networks more than ever before to keep them connected to loved ones, colleagues and suppliers. Connectivity has never been more important, and we want our network to continue to raise the bar.

“We firmly believe 5G has a role in helping to rebuild Britain, unlocking huge possibilities for our economy and society. We’re excited to keep pushing ahead with our rollout along with our partners Ericson and Nokia, to keep supporting our customers, businesses and society.”

Unlocking 5G’s potential with businesses

Alongside the consumer rollout, over the last year O2 has continued to work with businesses and consortia to test and build 5G use cases to enhance the way we work and live and help rebuild Britain:

  • In partnership with Northumbrian Water Group, O2 5G has enabled experienced technicians to remotely guide on-the-ground teams through complex tasks by relaying real-time data and instructions using augmented reality (AR) technology, creating ‘Remote Experts’
  • O2 launched the first commercial laboratory for 5G and satellite communications in the UK as part of Project Darwin, a four-year trial programme supported by O2 and the European Space Agency and based in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. The laboratory is now open to companies looking to test proofs of concept for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) using both 5G and satellite communications.
  • In another initiative as part of Project Darwin, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and European Space Agency, O2 has been working with the NHS to deliver a pilot trial of a fully connected 5G powered clinic-on-wheels, in order to track COVID-19 at six care homes in Glasgow.

Beyond this, O2 is working with Deloitte, Wayra and Digital Catapult to build 5G accelerators in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry. These facilities will comprise of centrally located office and demonstration spaces with access to a private 5G network allowing businesses and public sector organisations to experiment with 5G features that aren’t yet commercially released.

Investing in technologies for the future

O2 has continued to invest in new technologies to support its growing network. Approximately 10,000 LTE-M sites are now live across the country, allowing customers and businesses to make the most of next-generation IoT technologies in their day to day lives. The new network will cover 57% of premises and 58% of the population and will allow billions of devices to be connected to the internet to collect and share data.

Meeting the demand for the network

The need for 5G has never been so great, with demand for network capacity and reliability increasing throughout lockdown.

Since the beginning of nationwide restrictions in March, O2 has doubled the capacity of its voice network to meet unprecedented demand, with voice traffic increasing by 57% the day the UK went into lockdown. The company has also boosted 4G services in over 91,000 postcodes as demand for connectivity continues to increase, with data consumption across a number of cities jumping up to 50% compared to the same time last year. Over 9,500 visits from O2 field engineers have kept local sites across the country online and over 12,000 sites have been boosted with additional capacity as  O2 works tirelessly to keep the UK connected.

As well as ensuring people are able to stay in touch with family and friends wherever they are, from villages to town centres, 4G and 5G connectivity preserved £205 billion of business for the UK during the period of March to September by enabling many of the UK’s workers to work flexibly and remain productive at home. This is according to research from O2 in partnership with Development Economics.

As the UK’s No 1 mobile network, representing millions of people across the UK, O2 remains committed to its role in rebuilding Britain, and will maintain its investment of around £2million a day in its 4G network whilst pushing ahead with its ongoing rollout of superfast 5G connectivity.

Those wanting to know where they can access 5G can visit O2’s coverage checker to get the latest information.