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UK operators vye to be first to 5G, while rural 4G coverage remains neglected

The UK’s mobile operators are starting to emulate their counterparts across the pond and engage in 5G one-upmanship, although on a far smaller scale in reach and investment. BT/EE is expected to launch its first services, probably for fixed wireless, in 16 cities around the third quarter of 2019, and Three UK and Vodafone could go live in a similar timeframe. EE says it will be the first MNO to launch 5G in all four UK capital cities – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – plus 12 others (Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol). In September, Vodafone said it also aimed to launch commercial services next year, switching its trial cities to full…

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