The finding that over half of UK adults believe 5G has the potential to improve their day-to-day lives follows the news of Vodafone UK's planned merger with Three UK to accelerate the delivery of a world-class 5G network.
- Over half of UK adults (53%) already believe 5G has the potential to improve their day-to-day lives.
- More people believe that 5G has the potential to improve society, than those that believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) can do the same.
- In social care alone, 5G technology could lead to savings of almost £1 billion a year for the NHS.
- Vodafone and Three merger paves the way for UK 5G leadership, with a pledge to invest £11 billion and reach over 99% of the UK population with 5G Standalone by 2034.
- By having a best-in-class 5G network sooner, the merger will deliver up to £5 billion a year in economic benefit by 2030.
- In June 2023, Vodafone launched the UK’s first 5G Standalone service, known as 5G Ultra, creating the most technologically advanced network for customers.
28 June 2023 – 5G-enabled technologies will deliver significant improvements across society, including saving the NHS almost £1 billion a year, according to new economic modelling.
The findings follow the announcement of the planned combination of Vodafone UK and Three UK, as well as the launch of Vodafone’s 5G Standalone connectivity service which will create the most technologically advanced telecommunications network in the UK.
The initial launch of Vodafone’s 5G Standalone network will offer a glimpse of what is possible in the digital future, while the merger will give the two companies the scale required to invest £11 billion over the next decade. Altogether, this will create Europe’s leading 5G network, support the Government’s 5G ambitions, drive digital transformation and create jobs.