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Full speed ahead for EE 5G rollout

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Written by: Emma Lunn
09/04/2021
EE has added outdoor 5G coverage to some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations.

The new locations where you can connect to the internet with 5G via EE include Brighton Pier, York Minster, Swansea Bay and Sandbanks Beach. Towns and cities now on 5G with EE include Aylesbury, Barnsley, Blackburn, Chester, Poole, Portsmouth and Runcorn.

EE says it is set to hit one million active 5G customers – those which have a 5G plan and a 5G-enabled device – this month.

5G is the fifth generation of the technology used to deliver the mobile internet. It promises to be up to 100 times faster than 4G and 2,000 times faster than 3G.

Residents, businesses, and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now benefit from the fast 5G speeds on EE, low latency, and increased network reliability.

According to independent tests by RootMetrics, EE’s 5G availability is higher than all other networks in the UK’s four capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

In London, availability on EE is more than double that of the second placed operator, almost four times that of the third placed operator and six times greater than the last placed operator.

Marc Allera, CEO of the consumer division at BT, which owns EE, said: “We’ve announced that we’ve switched on our award-winning 5G network in a further 35 towns and cities across the UK, fulfilling the commitment we set last year to double our 5G place count. With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions expected in the coming weeks and months, the increased capacity and faster speeds of our 5G network will ensure our customers stay connected as footfall starts to increase in historically busy places.”

EE secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable EE to expand and enhance its 5G network even further once rolled out into the network.

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