5G wireless home broadband is set to provide UK households with a cheaper, more flexible alternative to fibre connections.
The new report from Ovum, commissioned by Three UK, reveals that the new technology is expected to deliver speeds of 80-100 Mbps, which is on average double what customers in the UK currently obtain using traditional, fixed-broadband.
Predicted to save customers an estimated £240 per year by eliminating the need for fixed-line rental, the rollout is expected to provide more flexible contracts, that won’t lock customers in for extended periods of time. Plus its a simple ‘plug-and-play’ set up, eradicating the need for waiting for your provider to install it – as soon as you move house you can simply plug it in and its ready to go.
The research also estimates that 5G wireless services could replace traditional connections for 85% of the UK’s 26 million fixed-line customers, with equal or better speeds.
Also known as 5G ‘Fixed Wireless Access’, the technology according to today’s report, is almost 50% cheaper to deploy than fibre, and much quicker to implement, providing a viable and likely alternative for home broadband services. With the UK lagging behind international peers in full fibre rollout, and only 3% of all broadband subscriptions currently enjoying fibre services, 5G wireless home broadband will help to accelerate Three’s mission to provide superfast internet to more people across the country, more quickly.
A summary of the ways in which it will improve the customer experience with broadband providers are:
• ‘Plug-and-play’ set up with no installation time, engineer visits or drilling cables through walls
• Financial savings estimated at £240 a year by eliminating the need for fixed line rental
• More flexible contracts that don’t lock customers in for extended periods of time
• A more mobile service with the ability for customers to take the 5G wireless home broadband box with them when they move home
Chief executive officer at Three UK, Dave Dyson, said:
“5G gives our customers the opportunity to bin their fixed line, enjoy faster speeds and save money. Wireless home broadband means that we can speed up access to super-fast internet services at a lower cost, without installation delays or inflexible contracts.
“The efficient and widespread rollout of superfast broadband across households and businesses is crucial to the growth of our economy. Wireless home broadband de-risks Government’s ambitions for a Digital Britain by providing alternatives to a fibre-to-the-home solution.
“At Three, we’re making significant investments to make this technology viable as we ready our network for 5G. Government and Ofcom have the right ambition to improve UK connectivity and we will work with them to show that there are other alternatives to fibre.”
Three UK is aiming to launch a 5G wireless home broadband service in the second half of 2019.
Dario Talmesio, Principal Analyst and Practice Leader at Ovum, said:
“Advantages of 5G wireless broadband technology are not just in speed: wireless is more flexible, does not require long-term contracts, is faster and cheaper to deploy and less of a burden for customers – no waiting time, no engineer visits.
“With low availability of fibre and high cost of deployment, 5G Wireless becomes a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband. While the UK continues its fibre roll-out, this is a quicker and more economical way to satisfy customers’ fast-growing demand for data.”