Vodafone first UK network to announce 5G rollout

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Vodafone has announced that it will launch its 5G service on 3 July.

It is the first UK mobile network to announce a go-live date for 5G, which it says will offer faster and more reliable data services to its customers.

The benefits of 5G will initially only be available to users in built-up areas. In a press release, Vodafone said: "Offering speeds over 5G up to 10 times faster than 4G, we've shown commuters at busy airports and railway stations that they can download TV box sets or movies in a matter of seconds before they embark on their journey."

At launch, Vodafone's 5G service will be limited to five cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London.

To deliver the service the network will use equipment from suppliers including Huawei, despite several governments worldwide banning the use of the Chinese telecoms giant's tech in 5G rollouts.

Huawei has been under scrutiny in recent months following allegations that it could pose a national security threat thanks to its technology's potential for espionage and disruption.

But a government leak last month revealed that Huawei will be allowed to provide in "non-core" components of the UK 5G network such as antennas.

MP Gavin Williamson was sacked from his role as defence secretary following the leak, which came from a top-secret National Security Council meeting.

After an investigation into the incident, a Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister had "lost confidence in his ability to serve" in the cabinet.

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