Sky customers are set for major speed boost later this year with the firm announcing the launch of 5G on its mobile service.
This new network is being rolled out across the UK and will offer users the ability to access the web at speeds of over 300Mbps – around 10 times faster than current technology.
Sky Mobile users will begin getting 5G from November with it launching in six towns and cities.
A wider national rollout is planned to reach 20 towns and cities before the end of 2019, and a total of 50 to go live by the end of 2020.
Sophia Ahmad, Commercial Director of Sky Mobile, said: “We will be the only mobile operator to be able to combine the launch of next generation superfast 5G connectivity with Sky Mobile’s unique features including Roll, Swap and Watch.”
Sky says it will continue to offer unlimited data when watching content from its own services, and TV customers should see a huge boost with less chance of buffering when viewing sports, movies and entertainment away from home broadband.
All Sky Mobile’s plans still come with Roll, which automatically rolls unused data over at the end of each month into a customer’s piggybank. Rolled data can be kept for up to three years and used whenever you need a little extra data boost is needed.
It’s worth noting that to use 5G you’ll need a compatible smartphone.
Sky Mobile is starting the 5G ready journey with Huawei’s first 5G phone, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G.
The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G starts from £36 per month on Swap24 excluding the data plan. Customers can add 8GB allowance and Unlimited Calls & Texts for just £10 instead of £15, saving themselves £150.
Sky will be launching more 5G ready handsets later in the year from leading manufacturers, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G more news on pricing for that device will be announced later this year.
The news of Sky launching 5G comes as O2 has also announced it will launch this upgrade in October.
At launch, O2’s 5G service will be live in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Slough.
O2 says it intelligence-led rollout strategy has been driven by data and insight that identifies where customers will benefit from 5G the most.
This means users of the network are most likely to see improvements in key locations including train stations, important business areas and entertainment and sports venues including The O2 and Twickenham Stadium.
“5G is going to be a game changer for our country. Whether it’s for people or businesses, the power of this next-generation network is going to unlock a world of possibilities for our economy and society,” said Mark Evans, CEO, Telefónica UK.