Vodafone UK switches on a 5G trial in hometown

5G trials are now underway in Newbury, the home of Vodafone UK. The commercial 5G launch is scheduled to follow later this year

Massive MIMO technology is an important part of the trial (dubbed the Active Antenna). However, this is not the only improvement that Vodafone is making in the area.

Apart from the 5G trial, the telecommunications giant is also pouring millions of pounds into the Newbury campus in an attempt to make it its main centre of technology. This is where a large portion of research and development is planned to be taking place.

Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone UK, explained that Newbury is the company’s home. It’s where they’ve had the pleasure of servicing many clients since 1985, so choosing Newbury as one of the first places to receive 5G is the right course of action, he believes. It’s his and the company’s vision for the region to become the country’s birthplace of future technologies.

Newbury is only one of the 19 cities set to receive 5G this year and the list goes as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Bournemouth
  • Blackpool
  • London
  • Newbury
  • Plymouth
  • Bristol
  • Glasgow
  • Wolverhampton
  • Liverpool
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Guildford
  • Manchester
  • Birkenhead
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Southampton
  • Warrington

Apart from Newbury, 5G trials have successfully began in Bristol, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Birmingham. It’s not a given that Newbury will get commercial 5G faster than these cities, but given how relatively small it is, it’s not out of the question.