Vodafone switches on 5G network in Cardiff

Telecoms giant Vodafone has switched on its 5G network in Cardiff as part of a UK-wide trial of the new and faster mobile technology.

Having installed a 5G router near the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Arms Park, Vodafone is now streaming videos, games and internet content across the next-generation mobile network.

With many 5G handsets set to launch over the coming year, people near the stadium will be able to stream matches at high-speed using their mobile devices.

The firm confirmed: “We are also increasing the number of 5G sites in Cardiff over the next few months to ensure more residents and business can benefit from this latest technology, which gives mobile speeds of up to four times faster than 4G.”

5G is set to overtake 5G as the dominant mobile technology over the next few years. In addition to video streaming, Vodafone explained that it will “enable customers to load web pages within the blink of an eye and watch content without the need to download it first from the home or office WiFi”.

Vodafone has tested 4K gaming and 3D holographic calls through its 5G trials, and will conduct further tests on the technology prior to the arrival of compatible handsets and devices later this year.

“All sites are connected to our multi-billion-pound single optical fibre converged network, which is already providing customers in the city with fast 4G mobile, home broadband, Internet of Things (IoT) technology and business services,” continued Vodafone in a statement.

Scott Petty, chief technology officer at Vodafone, said of the news: “Our 5G network will allow anyone with a 5G phone to access a web page instantly or stream a video in a matter of seconds. You won’t have to spend time hunting for a reliable WiFi connection on match days in Cardiff.”