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Today's typical 4G speeds typically fall between 50Mbps and 100Mbps, but early 5G speeds will raise this bar to several hundred megabits-per-second.

For those of you keeping count, it means Three may well have the widest 5G coverage by the time the year is up. EE now only offers 5G in six cities, and promised a total of 16 locations will have 5G before the end of the year.

"5G is a game changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the United Kingdom who can offer true 5G". It's promising to launch both mobile and home broadband offerings in 25 towns and cities across Blighty before the end of 2019.

The Three 5G mobile network will initially be introduced to: London, Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland and Wolverhampton. It's one Three's making because it has more 5G spectrum than rivals, with 140Mhz in all, 100MHz of which is a single contiguous block, which is also beneficial.

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On top of this Three claims that it owns twice as much 5G spectrum than its nearest competitor, meaning it will be able to offer "the UK's fastest 5G network".

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three, said: "It's clear that consumers and businesses want more and more data". And that doesn't just mean higher speeds, but also apparently a more reliable connection and better all-round experience for customers. Three claims its speeds will be at least twice as fast as the competition at peak times. Other operators hold 40MHz and 50MHz blocks - including the already-launched EE network, plus Vodafone's that will launch in July. Naturally such figures are unlikely to be achieved in a normal real-world network environment, where many users will be sucking from the same limited capacity (data supply and spectrum).

Future 5G plans include the goal to have 80 per cent of its network traffic covered by 5G by 2022. So even if you don't have 5G in your area for a while, you might get a 4G service that comes close.

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