EE expands its 5G network across more transport hubs and city centres

By Jennifer Allen 4 October 2019

EE 5G speed at Waterloo

EE has announced its spread its 5G coverage to more important locations than ever before. That includes Britain's busiest and largest train station - London Waterloo - as well as Liverpool Street Station and Charing Cross.

The full list of places to see 5G coverage introduced covers a wide range of major cities and locations within the UK. It includes:

  • London's New Cross Gate Overground station, Shoreditch High Street Overground station, Highbury and Islington stations
  • 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
  • Albert Square, the home of Manchester’s Christmas markets
  • Belfast’s Great Northern Mall
  • City Hall Birmingham’s historical Victoria Square, the Mailbox and Brindley Place, which hosted 4.5 million visitors last year

Such plans have expanded the busiest hotspots in EE's six launch cities, but EE hasn't stopped there.

  • The photo above shows a 5G speed test in Waterloo station where a peak speed of 460 Mbps was achieved, at peak commuter time.

Bristol, Leicester and Coventry

In addition, it's built 5G sites in three new cities - Bristol, Leicester, and Coventry. It's also expanded coverage to reach busy town and suburbs too. Its rollout includes the West Midlands suburbs of Solihull, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich, and Lichfield, along with suburbs of Greater Manchester including Salford, Oldham, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Rochdale, and Milnrow. The South East has also seen 5G coverage introduced to Kingston-upon-Thames, Grays, Romford, Chatham, and Gillingham.

At this point, the EE 5G network is available in more places than any other 5G network with EE seeming keen to maintain its dominance in the field.

“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," explained Marc Allera, CEO of BT's consumer division.

EE's current plans include spreading to seven more large cities later this year including Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, and Nottingham. We'd expect the firm to expand upon the suburbs of existing 5G areas too given how EE seem to be developing its network.

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