In line with its previously announced plans, British mobile network operator (MNO) EE has launched its 5G network in six cities, namely: London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
In inaugurating its infrastructure in what it termed the ‘busiest parts of the UK, where 5G can really make a difference by providing a more reliable data connection to businesses and consumers’, the cellco said it expects customers to experience an increase in speeds of around 100Mbps-150Mbps ‘even in the busiest areas’. Further, it has claimed that some customers will be able to achieve speeds in excess of 1Gbps on their 5G-capable handsets.
At launch EE is offering access via either smartphone, mobile broadband device or home broadband router for users looking to connect to the 5G network. In addition, it is marketing a range of new 5G plans with ‘Swappable Benefits’, and all subscribers will receive two Swappables from a choice of five – BT Sport App HD, Gamer’s Data Pass, Music Data Pass, EE Video Data Pass, and Roam Further Pass – which they can swap in or out anytime they want. Customers taking the cellco’s plan offering a 120GB monthly data allowance, meanwhile, get three Swappables.
Looking ahead, the MNO has set out its stall to introduce 5G across the busiest parts of Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield this year. Beyond that, in 2020 ten more towns and cities will get 5G sites, namely: Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Dundee, Exeter, Ipswich, Norwich, Plymouth and York.