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Vodafone trials 5G for download speeds four times quicker than 4G

The network trialled downloading a boxset over 5G

A Vodafone 5G trial at has seen content downloaded up to four times quicker than 4G.

Manchester Airport is the first of several travel hotspots where the network is trialling 5G, with further tests planned over the coming weeks.

Holidaymakers downloaded an episode of Sky’s Tin Star in 45 seconds and the whole series in 6 minutes and 7 seconds, compared to 26 minutes and 8 seconds on 4G.

Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: “We all love to catch up on our favourite TV shows, play games or finish off some work when travelling. 5G, with its fast speeds and quick response times, will make that quick and easy, even in busy locations.

“We are proud to be the first provider to bring 5G to an airport and will be adding more major travel hotspots to our 5G network throughout the year.”

The trial utilised Vodafone’s ‘Gigacube’ device, a 5G-enabled portable router. Consumers could connect to 5G via the Gigacube and use their Now TV Entertainment Pass to download and stream content.

This latest trial follows Vodafone’s successful test of 5G at MediaCity UK in October 2018.