• Saturday, September 07, 2019

Italy introduces 5G connections to major cities

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, Torino, Bologna, Rome, and Naples.

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.