Vodafone has revealed 12 more cities across the UK will be connected to its 5G network before the end of this year, bringing the total number of locations to benefit from the technology to 19.

The arrival of 5G is set to offer download speeds around ten times faster than those provided by 4G, as well as reduce latency to as little as five milliseconds. This will be essential in locations such as smart factories, where Internet of Things devices will need real-time connectivity to function effectively.

The new cities to join Vodafone's 5G network are Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.

These are in addition to the seven previously-announced locations for initial 5G trials, which are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Salford.

Chief technology officer at Vodafone UK Scott Petty said: "Our multi-billion-pound network investment and leading position in setting global standards will ensure our customers have the very latest 5G releases and technology. 

"5G will also usher in a new era where everyone and everything is better connected, whether you are running a hotel in Portsmouth or broadcasting live at MediaCity in Salford."

Last year, Vodafone became the first provider to carry 5G traffic over a commercial network with a rollout in Salford. It has since started offering live services in Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool via compatible routers that are able to stream live 5G mobile data traffic to and from the internet.

All of Vodafone's 5G mobile sites are connected to its Vodafone RedStream nationwide optical fibre network, which offers connections with speeds of up to 10Gbps to ensure customers wishing to stream video without buffering can do so even in built-up areas at busy times of the day.

Vodafone also recently started showcasing the capabilities of 5G to consumers with a installation at Manchester Airport, which allowed travellers heading on half-term holidays the chance to experience just how quickly they can download video content using these networks by hooking up to a 5G-enabled router.

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