First six UK cities to get 5G revealed

EE has announced that London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester will be the first UK cities to get faster 5G mobile networks.

Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in the six cities by mid-2019, hoping that another 10 cities will get EE networks which could transmit data at speeds faster than 10 gigabits per second by the end of next year.

5G networks can offer higher speeds and better reliability, with BT-owned EE building 5G in the busiest parts of the six launch cites, including Hyde Park in London, Manchester Arena, Belfast City Airport, the Welsh Assembly, Edinburgh Waverly train station and Birmingham’s Bullring, providing a more reliable data connection to business and consumer customers even in the large crowds.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “Adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network will increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most. This is another milestone for the UK and for our network journey – we’ll keep evolving as we move to one, smart network for our customers. We have an ambition to connect our customers to 4G, 5G or Wi-Fi 100 per cent of the time.”

The other ten UK cities set to be benefiting by the end of 2019 are: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

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