Vodafone launches 5G network in London, 6 more U.K. cities

The new mobile network will initially roll out in seven cities, with roaming in 20 European cities launching at the end of July

Mobile operator Vodafone has launched its 5G network in seven cities in the UK, saying it hopes to become the “5G destination” for users.

 

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The telecoms giant will also introduce roaming in Spain, Italy and Germany by the end of July – the first network to offer 5G roaming – and will expand the new network to 19 key UK cities by the end of 2019.

Its 5G network has gone live in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

Vodafone confirmed it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G as its first devices on the new network, following a number of other mobile operators in leaving Huawei out of its 5G phone launch line-up.

The operator did not acknowledge Huawei’s absence during its 5G launch event.

The Chinese firm is the subject of a UK Government review into whether it should be allowed into “non-core” parts of the UK’s 5G network infrastructure.

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