Six more UK cities now have 5G from EE with 20 more locations being targeted by March 2020
Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sunderland have all had 5G switched on by EE which means it is now live in 50 cities and large towns – more places than any other operator.
EE kicked off it’s 5G rollout back in May, with London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester, and has continued the rollout through 2019. With six new cities being added today, it means EE has beaten it’s target of bringing 5G to 16 cities by the end of the year. The network’s first 5G sites has also now been switched on in Northampton, Stevenage and Wakefield.
Aside from an increase in speed, one of the biggest advantages of 5G compared to 4G is that it allows more people to connect to the network at the same time, which means improved performance in busy areas such as train stations, concerts and festivals. With that in mind, EE has also now added 5G to busier locations, including London Euston Station, Cardiff Central Station, Glasgow’s Bath Street and St Enoch Square, Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium and Coventry’s Council House and Cathedral ruins.
With more 5G-compatible mobile phones set to launch in 2020, the race is on for the big four mobile operators to roll out 5G to as many places as possible. Currently EE are leading the way, with O2, Three and Vodafone also continuing their own 5G network expansions.
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division which owns EE, said: “We switched on the UK’s first 5G network in May, and this is another milestone towards keeping our customers connected 100% of the time. We’re leading the way in the UK, with 4G and 5G coverage in more places than any other operator. Adding 5G to more cities and towns – and expanding our 5G coverage in each place – is helping us to always deliver the best mobile experience to our customers.”
According to the latest independent RootMetrics 5G testing in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, EE’s 5G network achieved the highest average download speed and highest 5G availability.
Here’s the full list of UK cities and towns that now have 5G from EE…
- Potters Bar
- Sutton Coldfield
- West Bromwich
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