EE 5G switched on in 6 new cities for 50 locations total

19 December 2019

EE 5G speeds

EE is racing ahead with 5G coverage, having just brought it to 6 new cities across the UK. You’ll now be able to get EE 5G in Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Sunderland, which means that in total EE 5G is now available in 50 large towns and cities in the UK.

That’s a huge number, and well ahead of the company’s goal of 16 in 2019. As a result of this, EE is now aiming to bring 5G to more than 70 large towns and cities in total by March 2020. So in other words at least another 20 major locations should get it in the next few months.

In addition to the new cities, EE has also switched on its first 5G sites in Northampton, Stevenage and Wakefield, as well as bringing 5G to the likes of London Euston Station, Cardiff Central station, Glasgow’s Bath Street and St Enoch Square, Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium, and Coventry’s Council House and Cathedral ruins.

These are high footfall places that should benefit enormously from the availability of 5G, but this also emphasises the fact that coverage isn’t yet comprehensive in the 50 cities and large towns that have 5G.

Marc Allera, CEO of 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.”

19 cities and 31 towns

5G from EE is now available in parts of the following cities:

London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Sunderland, Wakefield and Wolverhampton.

And parts of these towns:

Ashton-under-Lyne, Castlereagh, Chatham, Clifton, Dudley, Gillingham, Grays, Guildford, Hamilton, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Huddersfield, Kimberley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Lichfield, Lisburn, Maidstone, Milnrow, Northampton, Oldham, Potters Bar, Rochdale, Romford, Salford, Solihull, Stevenage, Sutton Coldfield, Sydenham, Walsall, Watford and West Bromwich.

EE also took this opportunity to note that according to the latest independent RootMetrics 5G testing in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, EE offers the highest average 5G download speeds and highest 5G availability. So not only is it available in more places than rivals, it’s also seemingly faster.

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