Vodafone said on Wednesday that it will begin testing next-generation 5G mobile networks in seven cities of the top 10 cities in the UK in the second half of 2018.
Vodafone, the UK's third-largest mobile operator, said that as an addition to the existing 4G network, it has conducted 5G infrastructure construction in 40 pilot sites in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
The target areas for Vodafone to provide network supplements include stadiums, offices, factories, hospitals and some popular resorts.
Earlier this month, Vodafone’s competitor EE (which is affiliated with the BT Group) stated that it will open the UK’s first 5G trial network in East London in October. Vodafone said that its latest test will be launched from October to December this year.
Vodafone said that in recent years its 4G network upgrade program across Europe, coupled with its strong position in authorized radio waves, has ensured its ability to meet communications needs in the coming years.
Vodafone will consider fully deploying 5G networks while waiting for 5G handsets and other related equipment to become available in 2020. Vodafone predicts that 50% of mobile phone users will be less likely to use 5G in the next 5 or 7 years.