Originally destined to launch at the end of 2019, Three’s 5G network (not to be confused with its home broadband service launched last year for Londoners only) will go live at the end of February in 65 locations.
It will be launched with a showcase of its ‘5G superiority’ with a global first at London Fashion Week. The superiority refers to Three’s exceptional level of 5G spectrum that is considerably higher than rival networks.
Three effectively has two 5G networks right now, with one being the broadband service, and the other being for handset users.
The two entirely independent networks have different levels of coverage. A Three mobile customer cannot access a Three Broadband site or vice versa, although this may change in the future.
Three’s 5G network is supported by a world-first 5G cloud core, and the London Fashion Week show at Central Saint Martins will create a fully immersive experience that ‘awakens all the senses for the audience through accompanying technological effects’.
This will comprise spatial audio, haptic feedback, a 46-metre projection the entire length of the runway, and an array of aromas.
At the end, Adboah’s 5G digital model will walk out in the last outfit of the show.
Attendees with a 5G handset will be able to witness this through the device, alongside the visual, sensory and audio effects.
“Today we are celebrating what is possible through 5G with a showcase of our ultra-fast 5G capabilities marking the next step in our 5G journey.
“The breath-taking, immersive audience experience is something that’s never been done before and we are proud to demonstrate it at such a prestigious global event.
“5G is set to change the world for all of us and we can’t wait for our customers to start experiencing it.”Dave Dyson, Three CEO
- Three customers will get access to 5G at no additional charge, besides obviously needing a 5G handset.
Three claims it is the only network offering ‘true’ 5G, based on the level of spectrum it has.
The 5G enabled locations are listed below:
- Brookmans Park
- Cardiff / Caerdydd
- Hedge End
- Hemel Hempstead
- Lower Stondon
- Shelly Green
- St Albans
- Swansea / Abertawe
More info about London Fashion Week and Three’s 5G involvement will be available here when the event takes place.