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    Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Commercial 5G rollout by the mobile operator will begin as soon as next summer.
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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    I struggle to believe they can offer 1TB per month at sane costs.

    I use their pay as you go, it's awesome value and am generally very pleased with their service but I can't see them becoming my ISP.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    It would be nice to have a viable alternative to Virgin in my area. The BT line only goes up to 4Mbps, so Virgin is our only real option for a decent connection speed right now.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    I can't see home broadband being 'replaced' for those with access to pre-existing high speeds unless unlimited bandwidth is also offered for similar pricing.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Considering I can't even get 3G, let alone 4G, properly where I live I can't see 5G replacing fibre where for me anytime soon... it was hard enough getting fibre.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    It would be good to see some figures on latency because I can't imagine this being an option for online gamers.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    I just moved house from a Virgin wired 210Mbps service to one that couldn't get it, It does have one of the very newest 350Mbps BT fibre connection though but costing £65 a month and requiring an 18mth contract, nope.

    So for now I took out a £27 a month 'all you can eat' 4G data plan with Three and have been pleasantly surprised at the speeds I get when tethering my Mobile to my PC, 40-70Mbps dependant on the time of day, OK its no fibre connection but its perfectly acceptable for now, so I can see how a similar 5G service would be a game changer for many.

    ..and in reference to the above post I'm getting ping times of 35-50ms when i tried it for online gaming, which was another surprise compared to the 20-25ms I got with Virgin.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I struggle to believe they can offer 1TB per month at sane costs.
    I struggle to believe that will be enough for gamers and power users anyway, so it's off the cards for me. I first had a 40GB limit with BT, but could hit the limit on that within days.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    If it was taking into account light users, namely those who stick to Facebook and the like, I could believe it as being an alternative for them.

    For anyone else, particularly gamers who can quickly go through it with the sizes game downloads can be, it's not really a realistic option as there would likely be a cap (unless you pay more for a higher cap of course).

    As others suggested above, latency could be an issue too.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I struggle to believe they can offer 1TB per month at sane costs.

    I use their pay as you go, it's awesome value and am generally very pleased with their service but I can't see them becoming my ISP.
    Their 2014 One Plan whcih i had was unlimited with a teeny tiny asterisk. If you did more than 60GB a week, they would throttle your remaining time till next statement at 2.3mbps. It was "unlimited".

    Three are very data focused.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Quote Originally Posted by Output View Post
    If it was taking into account light users, namely those who stick to Facebook and the like, I could believe it as being an alternative for them.
    I would have thought most people in that category are mainly covered with their phone contracts and free wifi.

    People using facebook and the like on PCs are a dwindling breed these days it seems.

    I haven't read the ins and outs but I was under the impression 4G costs a lot/has small allowances because its swamped. Is there any provision to stop 5G becoming swamped also?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Is there any provision to stop 5G becoming swamped also?
    With the price of new phones these days, I'd imagine that's already covered!!

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    I struggle to believe that will be enough for gamers and power users anyway, so it's off the cards for me. I first had a 40GB limit with BT, but could hit the limit on that within days.
    Not checked for a few years, we used to use 500GB per month. I suspect it has doubled since then. Mostly YouTube and Netflix though, we don't really do 4K and you can only watch so many hours a day so I wonder what would make it go up any further.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Quote Originally Posted by chj View Post
    It would be good to see some figures on latency because I can't imagine this being an option for online gamers.
    It's a better option than poor broadband that looks like it will never be solved. I game on 4G at my parents through tethered to my phone. I get 80ms. I'm sure with a dedicated router at the top of the house that could be brought down to ~50ms.

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    Re: Three UK touts 5G as "genuine alternative" to fixed line fibre

    Roughly translated, I think this means 'get ready for some prices to go up'. They no doubt want to pitch it as being worth as much as your broadband bill + your mobile phone contract...
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    Should we be worried about the health issues that might be caused by 5G?

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