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Vodafone on Tuesday announced that its 5G network would go live in the UK for both common consumers as well as business customers on July 3, giving the UK its first official 5G launch date.

“Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London will be among the first cities in the world to receive 5G and Vodafone will price 5G the same as 4G,” Vodafone wrote in a blog-post.


“This is important. It means we can today announce the largest launch of 5G in the UK and be the first to announce 5G roaming. It means UK businesses can lead the world in adopting 5G to boost productivity and attract investment,” said Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK.

A choice of 5G smartphones will be available online and in Vodafone stores and will go on sale next week. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, Samsung S10, Huawei Mate 20X and Mate X are included in Vodafone’s 5G smartphone offerings in the UK.


Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3.

Vodafone would also offer a 5G router for use at home and offices to give customers without a fixed line connection high-speed broadband access, the post added.

“The new price plans will be unveiled next week to coincide with the availability of the first handset. Handsets can initially be used over 4G, and will be able to use 5G when the network is switched on and all manufacturer software updates are completed,” the post noted.

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While UK gears up for its 5G availability, India is not even on the map for the technology’s large-scale rollout this year, or even beyond. Although India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout, the country is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for trial.

Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan. (IANS)


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Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports femalefirst.co.uk. She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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