Mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced the switch-on of its fifth-generation network in six new cities and three more towns in the United Kingdom, noting that this development means it is now offering 5G connectivity in a total of 50 locations across the country. In a press release the MNO confirmed that the six ‘major’ UK cities of Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sunderland were all now within its network footprint, while the three new towns to receive coverage were named as Northampton, Stevenage and Wakefield. With the network expansion meaning that EE has achieved its self-imposed target of offering 5G in at least 45 towns and cities by the end of 2019, it said it has now set a new goal of upping that figure to 70 by March 2020.
Commenting, Marc Allera, CEO of EE parent company BT’s consumer division, 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.’