Three offers 5G home broadband from £26/month with average download speeds of more than 100Mbps and the Three 5G Hub router.

In the UK, Three now offers a 5G home broadband service in selected postcodes across 194 towns and cities. Giving you average download speeds of more than 100Mbps, it’s faster than most widely-available fibre broadband plans. You’ll also get the 5G Hub router included to use with your 5G broadband service from £26/month.

Three’s 5G home broadband can be ordered online with free next working-day delivery. It only requires a ‘plug and play’ setup: simply plug it in at the wall and it’s ready to use (there’s no need for a phone line or for an engineer visit).

As a special offer for October 2021, you can save £3 per month when you order 5G broadband through this link. It allows you to get Three’s unlimited 5G home broadband for only £26 per month (reduced from the normal price of £29 per month). You can also get a shorter 12-month contract for £32 per month.

Save £3/month on 5G Broadband →

In this article, we’ll review Three’s 5G home broadband. We’ll start by looking at how it works and at the plans that are currently available. We’ll also review the 5G Hub router before looking at how it compares to other home broadband services. Finally, we’ll look at the availability of the service and how to get 5G broadband from Three.

Prices From: £26 per month
Special Offers:
Contract Length: 12 month or 24 months contract
Download Speed: 100Mbps+
Will vary based on the signal strength & coverage in your area
Router: Three 5G Hub
Coverage: Selected UK postcodes with 5G coverage (check your postcode)

What is Three 5G Home Broadband?

In the UK, Three’s 5G home broadband service is a new way of getting high-speed broadband in your home. It offers average download speeds of 100-200Mbps, without the need for a phone line or cable connection. It’s faster than most widely-available fibre broadband services (though not as fast as the full fibre FTTP services that are now available in some homes).

The 5G home broadband service can easily be set up by yourself as it’s a plug-and-play solution. There’s no need for a landline and no need for an engineer visit – simply plug your 5G Hub in at the wall and you’re ready to get online.

You’ll also get free delivery of your 5G Hub on the next working day, when you place your order before 4pm. This compares to most fibre broadband providers where it normally takes around 2-3 weeks to get your new service set up. An engineer visit may also be required to set up your fibre broadband.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of Three’s 5G home broadband service and traditional fibre broadband providers:

Three 5G Home Broadband Traditional Fibre Broadband
Plug-and-play broadband with no need for a phone line. Available in selected locations.
Fibre broadband is delivered through a phone line or cable. Available in 90% of UK homes.
Starts from £26/month (100Mbps+ download speed). No set-up fee, plug and play solution. Starts from £21.50/month (63Mbps download speed) or £24/month (100Mbps speed). Set-up fees may apply.
Simply plug in your 5G Hub and start using it straight away. No engineer visits are required. It takes around 2 weeks to install and activate fibre broadband. An engineer visit may be required.
5G broadband can be taken with you to a different location (coverage permitting). Fibre broadband is tied to one physical address and needs to be set-up again when you move home.
Can be susceptible to interference (e.g. from weather) or congestion. 5G coverage dependent on location. Less likely to be affected by interference or congestion. May give more stable download speeds.
More about Three 5G Broadband → More about traditional fibre broadband →

Three’s 5G home broadband service initially launched in August 2019. At launch, it was only available to customers in parts of London. It has now rolled out to selected postcodes across the UK, with coverage now available in parts of 194 UK towns and cities. You can check the availability at your address on Three’s website.

Three 5G Home Broadband Plans

5G Broadband Plans

Three currently offers a choice of two price plans on their 5G home broadband service:

  • For the lowest monthly cost, choose the £26/month plan. This is reduced from the normal price of £29/month when you order through this link.
  • For more flexibility, choose the £32/month plan. This is available on a 12-month contract and is reduced from the normal price of £34/month.

Both plans give you unlimited downloads with average speeds in excess of 100Mbps. There’s no upfront fee on either plan and you’ll receive the same 5G Hub router from Three.

Data AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£26/month
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£32/month

See all Three 5G Home Broadband deals →

The average download speed on Three’s 5G home broadband service ranges from 100Mbps to 200Mbps. This is based on the speed that at least half of all customers are able to get during the evening peak hour (between 8pm and 10pm). You’ll be given an personalised estimate of the download speeds available where you live when checking the availability of 5G broadband at your address.

A 14-day money back guarantee is available to customers who aren’t satisfied with the 5G home broadband service on Three.

An acceptable usage policy (AUP) applies to the Three Broadband service. While there aren’t any limits on how much you can download, Three says they reserve the right to suspend your usage of the service or to apply traffic management to it, if your usage “either exceeds that reasonably expected of someone using the Service or materially affects other users’ enjoyment of the Service, or has an adverse impact on our network”.

Smart Tech Bundles

Alongside their 5G home broadband service, Three also offers a number of smart tech bundles. The bundles combine Three’s 5G home broadband with one of the following smart home devices:

  • Amazon Echo Show 5: The Amazon Echo Show 5 is an Alexa-enabled smart display. You can use it for voice and video calls, as well as listening to music and controlling your other smart home devices.
  • Google Nest Hub & Nest Audio: The 2nd Generation Google Nest Hub is a smart display for your home. You can use it for watching videos, for listening to music, for controlling other smart home devices and for maintaining your family calendar. Alongside it, you’ll also get a Google Nest Audio smart speaker.
  • Apple TV 4K: The Apple TV 4K is a set-top box for your television, giving you ultra-HD viewing with apps and more on your TV. You’ll also get 3 months of free Apple TV+.

You can compare all of the Smart Tech bundles on the Three Broadband website.

Special Offers

As a special offer for October 2021, Three is offering an exclusive saving on their 5G home broadband service.

You can now get 5G home broadband for just £26/month on a 24-month contract, when you place your order through this link. It isn’t necessary to use any voucher codes during checkout but you’ll need to make sure you complete the entire order online.

You can also save money when taking 5G home broadband on a 12-month plan or when you take a smart device bundle from Three.

See Three 5G Broadband offers →

Three 5G Hub Router

When you sign up for Three’s 5G home broadband, you’ll receive Three’s 5G Hub router to use with the service. This is a small rectangular device that you just need to plug in to a power socket inside your home. It picks up a 5G signal from Three’s network and broadcasts a wi-fi network from it for your other devices to connect to.

In terms of hardware, the Three 5G Hub is a fairly impressive piece of kit. It can support 5G download speeds of up to 2.33Gbps (that’s 2,330Mbps), though average speeds will be more like 100-200Mbps on today’s 5G networks. It also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax), allowing you to share a high-speed home broadband connection with up to 64 other devices. There are also two Gigabit Ethernet sockets available for you to connect a wired device to your home network.

In terms of how your other devices work with the 5G Hub, it’s no different to using a traditional fibre broadband service. Your 5G Hub plays the same role as a fibre broadband hub (it’s only the underlying connection that’s different). You can still connect all different types of devices to your Three 5G Hub including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV, games console and other smart home devices. You can also use all of the services and apps that you’re used to using on other home broadband services.

Behind the scenes, Three’s 5G Hub is a rebranded version of the Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370). This is the same router offered on 5G home broadband services from EE and Vodafone. If you like, there’s the option to add an external antenna to it to improve the speed and stability of your 5G connection.

The following table shows full technical specifications for the Three 5G Hub router:

Three 5G Hub
(Huawei 5G CPE Pro)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £26/month
Data:Unlimited
Unlimited Data:£26/month
Contract Length:12-24 months
Mobile Connectivity
5G Connectivity:Up to 2330 Mbps download
5G Bands:5G NR band n78
4G Connectivity:Category 19 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 1600 Mbps download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 150 Mbps upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43
External Antenna:Yes, 2x TS-9 connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devices
Ethernet:2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Phone:1 RJ11 phone port
Other
Dimensions:9.9 x 10.7 x 21.5 cm
Weight:700g
Model:Huawei 5G CPE Pro
Colour:White
More Information:See three.co.uk

When you cancel your Three Broadband service, you’ll need to return your 5G Hub router to Three.

Comparison to Alternatives

5G Broadband VS Fibre Broadband

Three’s 5G home broadband service is an alternative to traditional fixed-line fibre broadband services from providers such as BT, EE, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

At present, you’ll pay £26/month for Three’s 5G home broadband service, giving you an average download speed of 100Mbps to 200Mbps.

For comparison, you’ll currently pay £21.50/month for fibre broadband with an average download speed of about 60-67Mbps:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Superfast 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£0£21.50/month
Shell Energy Broadband
Superfast Fibre Plus
63Mbps download18 month contract£0£21.99/month
NOW Broadband
Super Fibre
63Mbps download12 month contract£5£22/month
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre Extra
66Mbps download18 month contract£0£24/month
with £65 reward card
TalkTalk
Fibre 65
67Mbps download18 month contract£0£26/month
John Lewis Broadband
Fibre Extra
66Mbps download12 month contract£0£27/month
with £65 reward card
Sky Broadband
Sky Superfast
59Mbps download18 month contract£9.95£28/month
BT
Fibre 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£0£29.99/month
with £90 reward card
EE
EE Fibre Plus
67Mbps download24 month contract£0£31/month

The advantage of choosing a fibre-based service is that it’ll be much more widely available than Three’s 5G home broadband. For instance, Three’s 5G broadband is only available in selected UK postcodes. However, traditional fibre broadband is available in more than 90% of UK homes.

If you’d like a fibre broadband service with comparable speeds to Three’s 5G home broadband, you’ll need a service that uses Gfast, cable or full fibre (FTTP) broadband technology. These have much more limited availability across the UK. Virgin Media’s cable-based service is the most widely available (in around 15 million homes), followed by the ultrafast services from Sky and BT (available in around 6 million homes).

The following table shows comparable plans with download speeds of at least 100Mbps:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Superfast 100
100Mbps download24 month contract£0£24/month
Hyperoptic
Superfast (24 months)
150Mbps download24 month contract£29£25/month
Virgin Media
M100 Fibre + Phone
108Mbps download18 month contract£35£27/month
TalkTalk
Fibre 150
145Mbps download18 month contract£0£29.95/month
BT
Full Fibre 100
150Mbps download24 month contract£0£34.99/month
Sky Broadband
Sky Ultrafast
145Mbps download18 month contract£9.95£35/month
EE
EE Fibre Max 100
145Mbps download24 month contract£25£35/month
Shell Energy Broadband
Ultrafast Fibre
140Mbps download18 month contract£0£39.99/month

For more information, see our full guide to home broadband in the UK.

Other 4G & 5G Broadband Services

As an alternative to Three’s 5G home broadband, you can also consider other 4G home broadband and other 5G home broadband services.

If you’re currently unable to get Three’s 5G broadband where you live, you might be able to get 4G home broadband instead. This is available for a lower price of just £14/month.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£14/month

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£17/month

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data1 month contract£29£30/month

Alternatively, you might be able to get 4G or 5G home broadband from providers like BT, EE or Vodafone. The following table shows some of these alternatives:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month
EE
4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£50£35/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£50£45/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£45.24/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£50£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£55/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£60/month

For more information, read our in-depth reviews of BT’s 4G home broadband, 4GEE Home, 5GEE Home and Vodafone GigaCube.

Coverage & Availability

Three’s 5G home broadband service is currently available in selected postcodes across 194 UK towns and cities.

The best way to check whether 5G broadband is available where you live is by using the address checker on Three’s website.

Check Three 5G Broadband Availability (three.co.uk) →

Once you’ve entered your postcode and selected your address, you’ll be told about the plans available in your area.

If 5G broadband isn’t yet available where you live, you might be offered a 4G home broadband plan with the Three 4G Hub. Alternatively, you might be able to get 4G mobile broadband with a 4G Plus MiFi.

For more information, see our full guide to the coverage on Three.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Three’s 5G home broadband cost?
Three’s 5G home broadband service is available on a choice of two plans:

Both price plans come with a choice of smart tech devices. You’ll also get unlimited data and average download speeds between 100-200Mbps (dependent on your location).

What is Three’s 5G Hub router?
You’ll be supplied with Three’s 5G Hub router when you sign up for 5G home broadband. This is a plug-and-play device that connects to Three’s 5G network, broadcasting a wi-fi signal from it that your other devices can connect to.

The 5G Hub support download speeds of up to 2.33Gbps on 5G. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 connectivity (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) on up to 64 devices at the same time. It has 2 Gigabit Ethernet sockets, allowing you to connect wired devices to your home network.

Behind the scenes, Three’s 5G Hub is a rebranded version of the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. You can see more information about the 5G Hub on Three’s website.

How does 5G home broadband compare to fibre broadband?
Three’s 5G home broadband service offers average download speeds of 100-200Mbps. This is faster than most widely available fibre broadband plans from other providers (with average download speeds of 60-67Mbps). However, it isn’t as fast as full fibre broadband or some of the other plans available that use Gfast or cable broadband technology.

One of the major advantages of 5G home broadband is the fact you can get set up the next day without an engineer visit. You also have a lot more flexibility (e.g. to bring the broadband connection with you elsewhere). The disadvantage is it might be more expensive. It can also be more susceptible to network congestion and interference.

Are there any download limits on Three’s 5G home broadband?
No. There are no download limits on Three’s 5G home broadband service. However, they say they reserve the right to suspend your service or to apply traffic management to it if your usage “either exceeds that reasonably expected of someone using the Service or materially affects other users’ enjoyment of the Service, or has an adverse impact on our network”.
Can I get Three’s 5G home broadband where I live?
Three’s 5G home broadband service is now available in selected postcodes across 194 UK towns and cities. You can enter your address on the Three website to see whether 5G broadband is available where you live.

More Information

For more information about Three’s 5G home broadband service, please see their official website.

You can also read our Three Broadband review and our guide to 5G home broadband plans in the UK.

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  • I’ve been recommended the 5G Three Hub as my postcode indicated that I’m in a 5G area. However it is not picking up 5G inside my flat. I can only get the 5G if the hub is outside on the balcony which is not very practical. I dont know what else to do to improve this. Not sure if the 5G signal from Three wlll improve in the near future. It looks like I live on the periferals of the 5G coverage in the postcode area.

    It picks up the 4G signal with speeds from 30-120 download and less than 8 for upload. Should I swap it out for their 4G hub which is cheaper but I don’t now if the speeds would be worse than what Im seeing with the 5G hub.

    • Hi Lin,
      Thanks for your comment. I guess you have three options here:
      1. Consider investing in an external antenna. Given your able to get 5G on your balcony, this would suggest that you’d also be able to get 5G with an external antenna.
      2. You can wait until the 5G signal gets a little stronger – your 5G Hub will be future proof and will give you 5G when this happens.
      3. If you downgrade to the 4G Hub, this would give you a saving on your monthly bill. There shouldn’t be a negative impact on your 4G performance but check that Three definitely offers the 4G Hub in your area (I believe they only offer the 5G Hub if you’re in a 5G area).
      Ken

  • Coming to this very late – April 2021 – as the Three offer has only just reached Watford. Any updates on reliability since its launch anyone?

    • David Webster replied:

      Hi Eddy

      I’ve had a Three Mobile Broadband Hub since July 7th, first bill came out of my account August 2nd. Since August 3rd: I am unable to connect to the hub with my personal phone and my work phone (it connects but says ‘Internet not available’ and my speeds have gone down from 300mbps to 70mpbs, sometimes far, far lower. Internet has cut out several times per day since the first bill has been paid. Almost impossible to get in touch with customer services. The one time I did they told me to reset the router, which works 30% of the time. Phones are able to connect connect for around an hour then have the same problem again.

      • Thanks for the info, David. Doesn’t sound that attractive, does it? But the issue has been settled for me – in the short to medium term, at least – because there is no 5G mast in the area yet. In short, the marketing was way ahead of the reality…

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