Vodafone is giving customers the chance to try the latest 5G technology which will allow them to download movies, games and music in a matter of minutes.
The UK mobile network has just switched on this super fast service at Manchester airport with travellers able to give it try by visiting Vodafone’s special 5G ‘blast pod’.
5G is the next step in getting faster mobile speeds to users who are away from fixed-line broadband with this technology not only offering quicker downloads but also allowing more people to get a better connection at the same time.
Speaking about the launch Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK said: “We all love to catch up on our favourite TV shows, play games or finish off some work when travelling. 5G, with its fast speeds and quick response times, will make that quick and easy, even in busy locations.
“We are proud to be the first provider to bring 5G to an airport and will be adding more major travel hotspots to our 5G network throughout the year.”
To see just how good this 5G technology is, Express.co.uk took a trip to Manchester to put it to the test.
There are currently no 5G-ready smartphones so, for our test, we connected a new iPhone XS Max to the network via a 5G router that was linked directly to the Vodafone’s phone mast.
During a number of downloads we were able to experience speeds of over 110Mbps – that’s fast enough to download a movie in five minutes.
As a comparison, we also checked out the current 4G signal at this busy airport.
With a large number of people attempting to access this older network, the speeds were pretty dismal with us recording just 3Mbps on our speed test – at that speed it would take over three hours to download an HD film.
Vodafone says that it has produced faster speeds than we saw during our tests with some downloads exceeding 200Mbps.
5G also proved to be pretty impressive when uploading files with speeds of over 50Mbps recorded on our iPhone.
It’s worth noting that Vodafone’s 5G network is still in its infancy and even faster speeds will be possible in the future.
With Vodafone announcing this news, it seems the race for 5G is now well on truly on and customers could see a rapid expansion of this network
Vodafone and O2 recently announced that they plan to extend the existing network sharing partnership term and include new 5G technology at joint radio network sites.
This, they say, will enable them to deploy 5G faster and to offer 5G services to more customers over a wider geographic area, and to do so at a lower cost.
EE recently announced that it will be launching this fast technology across the UK later this year with 16 cities getting access to 5G.
Samsung, OnePlus and LG have also committed to producing phones capable of access 5G with these devices expected to arrive in the coming months. – Express UK