Three UK has continued the roll-out of its 5G network with the launch of its first Ericsson 5G sites, which are now live for customers in Manchester, Glasgow and Reading.
Three debuted its UK 5G network in August 2019 in central London and has since begun rolling out 5G across the rest of the country. The network technology uses 100MHz of contiguous 3.4-3.8GHz 5G spectrum in combination with what it claims is the world’s first fully virtualised cloud core network with Nokia.
At launch, Three claimed the network had more contiguous 5G-ready radio spectrum than EE, O2 or Vodafone, thanks in part to its 2017 acquisition of UK Broadband.
The operator has spent 2020 extending its estate, not just for its traditionally strong consumer base, but also in its growing enterprise division. In February 2020, Three announced it had continued its 5G roll-out and would be making the service available in locations across the UK, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Nottingham from the end of that month.
To support the national roll-out, UK fibre broadband company CityFibre was made a preferred provider of backhaul connectivity outside London. The long-term framework deal enables Three to uses CityFibre’s