We provide 5G services commercially in five European countries and will continue to expand that offering. At the same time, our 4G networks are being upgraded with technology that is bringing our customers some of the benefits of 5G sooner.
As networks evolve towards 5G they will have several benefits:
5G has significantly lower latency of <20 milliseconds (ms) for some consumer applications (e.g. gaming or augmented reality) and <5ms for ultra-low latency applications (e.g. in smart factories).
Coverage and reliability
Vodafone is taking the largest international 4G network and putting it on 5G. Network slicing on 5G will enable it to be reliably deployed to specific critical applications such as cars, emergency vehicles, factories and hospitals.
5G is expected to support up to 1 million connected devices per 1 square kilometre, compared to around 2,000 connected devices per 1 square kilometre with 4G.1 This will be vital for the Internet of Things era, where lots of additional devices like cars and commercial drones will eventually be connected to mobile networks.
5G is more than ten times more cost efficient than 4G in radio cost of delivery.
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Back in 1983, Vodafone - one of the original tech start-ups - was a team of five people going head-to-head with British Telecom(BT) to launch the first cellular network in the country. “We had a big ambition to open a network in less than two years,” explained Mike Pinches, Vodafone’s first Chief Technology Officer. "And of course at that time no one had any real knowledge of cellular networks.”