EE extending 5G coverage

7 Oct 2019

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE, a subsidiary of BT, has enhanced the coverage of its 5G network in ‘more of the UK’s busiest transport hubs and city centre destinations’. According to the MNO, it has now enabled its 5G infrastructure at the country’s largest train station, London Waterloo, as well as at several other stations in the capital, including Charing Cross and Liverpool Street. Meanwhile, it also said it had recently made 5G access available in a number of other high footfall locations, such as: Market Street on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile; Cardiff’s St David’s shopping centre and Morgan Arcade; London’s Piccadilly Circus, Clapham Common, and Hampton Court Palace gardens; Belfast’s Great Northern Mall and City Hall; and Birmingham’s historical Victoria Square, the Mailbox and Brindley Place.

As well as broadening its reach to serve what it claims are ‘the busiest hotspots in its six launch cities’, EE noted that it is also expanding coverage around the cities to reach busy towns and suburbs. In line with that, it confirmed that in the West Midlands it was in the process of extending 5G connectivity to Solihull, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich, and Lichfield. In a similar fashion, near Greater Manchester, 5G is being brought to areas around Salford, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Rochdale and Milnrow, while nearer London EE is rolling out the network in Kingston-upon-Thames, Grays, Romford, Chatham and Gillingham. Also of note, EE said it has now constructed sites in three new cities – Bristol, Leicester and Coventry – all of which are expected to be switched on this week.

Commenting on the latest network developments, Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division, said: ‘Switching on 5G in more busy places will help to keep our customers connected to the things that matter to them the most. Our engineers are building new 5G sites every day, and increasing capacity on 4G sites – all part of our ambition to keep all of our customers connected 100% of the time.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), EE