Vodafone Switches on its 5G Network

It Marked the Occasion With a World First Transfer of Touch Over 5G

London, Wednesday 3rd July 2019: Today Vodafone launched its 5G network, from an event at Sky Garden in London, and will become the first company to offer unlimited data on both 5G and 4G with the launch of Vodafone Unlimited on the 10 July 2019. The switch-on was marked with the world’s first demonstration of the power of 5G to transmit touch using haptic technology.

Two players from Wasps rugby team were able to run a training session despite being more than 100 miles apart. The impact of a rugby tackle made by Will Rowlands at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry was transferred via 5G to teammate Juan de Jongh on stage in London.  Juan, in a specially developed haptic Teslasuit, was able to feel the force of the tackle in real-time thanks to Vodafone’s high speed and super low latency 5G.

Five-Time Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton officially opened Vodafone’s new 5G service. He will act as a 5G ambassador for Vodafone, helping to bring to life the potential of 5G to be a real game-changer.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery said:

5G will transform the way we live and work. Our customers are streaming over 50% more content today than they did last year, and with 5G the demand for data is only set to increase. That is why we want to remove the limits on data, so that customers can unlock the full potential of 5G, and we can really propel the UK into the digital age. By offering unlimited plans to our consumer and business customers, we will revolutionise the market. We will give customers all the data they need, when and where they want it.

The new unlimited data plans also extend to the new Vodafone Together service, which combines mobile and broadband in one bill. Vodafone also becomes the first UK provider to offer customers 5G roaming in four European countries in some of the most popular tourist and business locations over the summer.

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