Three launches 5G home broadband from £35 a month

Three has become the UK’s first mobile network to launch its 5G home broadband, which it claims will be more than twice as fast as its rivals.

The telecoms company has switched on its 5G home broadband service for homes in London with its mobile network expected to follow “later in the year”.

The boroughs of Camden, Camberwell and Southwark will be the first areas the service will be available in, followed by Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets in the next few weeks.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of an ultra-fast 5G mobile network on March 19, 2019 at the German Federal Network Agency (BNA, Bundesnetzagentur) in Mainz, western Germany. - Germany launched the action as a transatlantic dispute rages over security concerns surrounding giant Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei. '5G' -- 'fifth generation' -- is the latest, high-speed generation of cellular mobile communications and Berlin will require winning bidders to offer 5G service to at least 98 percent of German households and along motorways and rail lines. (Photo by Arne Dedert / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images)
5G is now live in certain cities across the UK (Photo: ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images)

EE was the first network to switch on its 5G mobile network on 30 May, while Vodafone launched its own on 3 July.

Unlike other forms of broadband, Three’s HomeFi Unlimited does no require a landline or fibre optic cable, meaning there is no line rental to pay.
Customers will be sent a ‘plug and play’ hub, allowing them to simply plug in the device without having to wait for an engineer to visit their property.

Three plans to to launch both mobile and broadband services to 25 towns and cities across the UK before the end of the year, including Birmingham, Hull, Sheffield and Milton Keynes.
Marc Allera, EE chief executive, at the company's 5G launch event in May (Photo: EE)
Marc Allera, EE chief executive, at the company’s 5G launch event in May (Photo: EE)
5G, the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, will facilitate super-fast download speeds between 10 and 20 times faster than current 4G mobile connections, and increased reliability and connectivity.

Ofcom worked alongside European spectrum regulators to identify the radio frequency bands which will enable the use of 5G across Europe, known as spectrum, which telecoms companies bid for last year.

As Three holds more than twice as much spectrum as its nearest rival Vodafone, the company can offer its customers speeds more than twice as fast as other operators and a more reliable connection, Three claimed.
‘True’ 5G requires 100 MHz (megahertz, the unit of measurement for radio wave frequencies) of 5G spectrum, according to the ITU global 5G standards body.
Three holds 140 MHz of 5G spectrum, followed by Vodafone’s 50 MHz, while both EE and O2 hold 40 MHz, Three asserted.
The communications regulator plans to hold another two auditions for addition 5G spectrum in late 2019 or early 2020.
Three’s 5G cities and towns
Milton Keynes

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Trump envoy: US would ‘enthusiastically’ back no-deal Brexit

America would “enthusiastically” support a no-deal Brexit, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday during a visit to London.

“If that’s the decision of the British government, we will support it enthusiastically, and that’s what I’m trying to convey,” Bolton told reporters on the first day of his two-day visit to the British capital, according to the Guardian. “We’re with you, we’re with you.”

He said the U.S. would consider striking sector-specific deals ahead of a full-scale trade pact.

“The ultimate end result is a comprehensive trade agreement covering all trading goods and services,” Bolton said. “But to get to that you could do it sector by sector, and you can do it in a modular fashion. In other words, you can carve out some areas where it might be possible to reach a bilateral agreement very quickly, very straightforwardly.”

Bolton also took aim at Brussels, saying: “The fashion in the European Union is when the people vote the wrong way from the way the elites want to go, is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right. There was a vote — everyone knew what the issues were. It is hard to imagine that anyone in this country did not know what was at stake. The result is the way it was. That’s democracy.”

He added: “Britain’s success in successfully exiting the European Union will be a statement about democratic rule and constitutional government. That’s important for Britain. But it’s important for the United States, too. So we see a successful exit as being very much in our interest, and there’s no quid pro quo on any of these issues.”

Bolton also said he couldn’t see a threat to the Good Friday Agreement as a result of Brexit, the Guardian wrote.

Bolton was expected to urge Britain to align more closely with America’s stance on Iran and on Huawei’s involvement in 5G telecoms networks, but he told reporters that Washington understood Brexit was the priority, given Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised to exit the EU by October 31.

“The U.S. government fully understands that in the next 80 days the U.K. government has a singular focus on the Brexit issue, so that we’re not pushing for anything on these broad and complex questions,” he told reporters.

The comments came after Johnson joined a meeting with Bolton and senior officials on Monday.

Bolton said Johnson’s relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump had “got off to a roaring start,” with the two having shared multiple phone calls since he assumed the British prime ministership. Their most recent conversation was on Monday, when Trump “expressed his appreciation for the United Kingdom’s steadfast partnership in addressing global challenges,” according to the White House readout of the call, and said he “looks forward” to meeting Johnson “personally in the near future.” Trump and Johnson are both expected to attend the G7 summit in Biarritz, France at the end of the month.

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