Mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced it has switched on its 5G network in 35 new towns and cities across the United Kingdom, while also confirming the addition of outdoor 5G coverage to ‘some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations’. Announcing the infrastructure expansion in a press release, the MNO identified the new locations as: Aldridge, Alexandria, Aylesbury, Ayr, Barnsley, Biggleswade, Blackburn, Bolton, Brighton, Chester, Colchester, Dundee, Exeter, Grantham, Gravesend, Harrogate, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Paignton, Poole, Portsmouth, Rickmansworth, Runcorn, Southport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sunbury-on-Thames, Swansea, Swindon, Widnes, Wigan, Worcester and York.
With EE noting that its latest coverage expansion means that its 5G network is now available in a total of 160 towns and cities across Britain, it also revealed that it expects to achieve the milestone of one million active 5G customers – which it defines as being ‘those that are actively able to use EE’s 5G network, as they have both the right plan and a 5G-enabled device’ – this month.
Commenting, Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT, 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.’