Switzerland was the first country in Europe with 5G, shortly followed by the United Kingdom. Now Italy joins the duo after Vodafone launched its next-gen services in 28 municipalities across five big cities – Milan, Turin, Bologna, Rome, and Naples.
launches the long sprint for new services related to 5G technology. The English group is the first to offer them in Italy, but it is clear that they will not remain alone for a long time. Thanks to the experimentation carried out in Milan and in the area of the 28 municipalities that crown it, the Vodafone network for 5G is being turned on today in the Lombard capital and at the same time also in Rome, Turin, Bologna and Naples. For now we start like this, we will go up year after year until we reach 100 cities by 2021. And then it will take at least four and a half years for 5G to reach the same diffusion that the 4G network now enjoys.
Vodafone Italy explained that it might be the first to launch the service, but is expecting fierce competition from TIM and Fastweb in the upcoming months. Aldo Bisio, CEO of the carrier, said that in 2021 more than 100 cities and municipalities will have the gigabit speeds, and then it would take at least 4,5 years for 5G to reach the same coverage as the 4G nowadays.
With the launch of 5G, Vodafone will also offer three smartphones that can actually use the new networks – Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, available from today; LG V50 ThinQ 5G that can be purchased starting next Monday, June 10; Samsung Galaxy S10 5G that can be pre-ordered from Monday, but will be shipped at the end of the month.
You can stay on your plan at Vodafone Italy, but you have to pay extra €5/month to use the new services.
For those who do not know 5G is the new frontier of data transmission, it speeds them up to levels never seen before (otherwise it would not be a major technological leap): it not only increases the speed with which you can download a whole TV series, but allows it while we are phoning or doing a search on the net, maybe walking in piazza Duomo or in piazza Navona. Not only: it will have relevant impacts also for industry and services, from robotics to Big Data, as well as launching the technologies of the Internet of things, since with 5G it is possible to connect up to a million objects per square kilometer.