EE claims to be the first UK cellco to reach 50% of the population with 5G

11 May 2022

British mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced that its 5G network is now available to more than 50% of the UK population, claiming to be the first of the country’s cellcos to achieve this milestone.

In a press release regarding the development, the MNO said it had extended coverage to a number of new locations, while also saying it was offering an ‘improved 5G service’ in others. The locations where service has either been made available or improved comprise: Blackpool, Clacton-on-Sea, Clitheroe, Cowes, Eastbourne, Exeter, Exmouth, Falmouth, Great Malvern, Hastings, Inverness, Minehead, Morecambe, Plymouth, Pontypridd, Poole, Ross-on-Wye, Salisbury, St Austell and Tiverton.

Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division at EE parent company BT Group, said: ‘Today’s milestone is a huge achievement in our 5G journey. EE was the first network to launch 5G in the UK and now we’re the first mobile network operator to take the technology to 50% of the UK population. Our ambitions for 5G don’t stop here. We’ll continue to invest in our network to provide our customers with unrivalled connectivity.’

Meanwhile, as part of its ongoing network investment EE has pledged to offer 5G anywhere in the UK by 2028 through its macro network and ‘on demand’ connectivity solutions.

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