​Three launches London 5G network with Huawei's gear

By Guo Yiming
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To celebrate the launch of Three's 5G Broadband, designer Henry Holland and Director of Immersive Experiences Connie Harrison have combined forces to create the "Living Room of the Future." [Photo courtesy of Three UK]

Britain's mobile network operator Three launched its 5G service in London on Monday, making it the third of the country's big four carriers to promote the next generation network. 

Like EE and Vodafone, which started providing a service earlier this year, Three is using Huawei's gear in its 5G deployments. 

The U.K. operator says it is, for now, focusing on home broadband network by providing "fiber-like and ultrafast speeds" as an alternative to traditional, fixed broadband services. 

By ordering a 5G "plug and play" hub, or a Huawei's router, users can simply plug in the device without a technician having to visit them and enjoy instant access to streaming and connection at home with a single 5G plan at £35 (around US$43) per month for unlimited data.

"We've taken a simple approach with one single truly unlimited data plan to give customers the opportunity to fully explore 5G and all its exciting possibilities," said Three CEO Dave Dyson. 

The 5G service, going beyond just upgrading from current 4G mobile networks, can offer faster, more stable and efficient network speeds with low latency, and will also enable the growth of new technologies such as in virtual and augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and smart city infrastructure facilities. 

Previous reports indicated Three UK had opted for China's Huawei hardware in its 5G deployment due to its competitive edge over other suppliers. 

"We're very pleased to be working with Three to deliver 5G in the U.K. through our world-class network equipment and smartphones," Victor Zhang, Huawei's senior vice president said in a statement. "We support the U.K.'s ambitions to be a world leader in 5G connectivity and we are proud of our 18-year history here supporting the country's digital economy." 

Recently, Three announced it would be offering 5G to 25 British cities and towns by the end of the year and that all of its 10 million customers will have access at no extra cost. Customers in the coverage area will be able to access 5G once they have a compatible handset, with further expansion planned throughout 2020 and beyond.

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