Relying exclusively on 5G infrastructure, instead of using a combination of 5G and existing 4G networks, this is a first for the UK.
Operated by Vodafone, the 5G test site covers the Media City area of Salford, in Greater Manchester and has been hailed by the mobile operator as “an important step in connecting businesses and consumers with 5G technology… enabling Vodafone to test the technology end-to-end using wireless routers and form[ing] part of its 5G trial in seven cities this year.”
Local businesses in the area are invited to register their interest in signing up for early 5G services made from Vodafone’s ‘Future Ready’ innovation centre and digital incubator, both of which are due to open in Spring 2019.
Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said,
“We are leading the roll out of 5G across the UK, starting with Greater Manchester. A further six cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and London – will shortly receive full 5G too. Next year, we will bring 5G to the Scottish Highlands, Cornwall and the Lake District, among other locations.”
“We have worked closely with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to help ensure the city is not only an economic powerhouse, but also a digital powerhouse. That is why we are making a multi-million pound investment to offer world-class communications to Greater Manchester’s thriving media and tech community, consumers and our own 1,000 or so employees who work there.”
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