BT’s 5G network is now live

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BT Plus and BT Halo customers can now access super-fast 5G in 20 cities across the UK, including Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester and Coventry.

Other areas won’t have to wait too long either, as the 5G service will be available in another 25 towns and cities before the end of the year.

Powering up

If you are a BT Plus or BT Halo customer, you’ll be the first to be able to take advantage of the brand new 5G service. On top of that, BT claims to be the first provider to offer both broadband and 5G mobile in one package. Sadly, we still don’t know how much it’s going to cost and what 5G phones it will be offering.

Considering that EE currently offers the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Oppo Reno 5G and LG V50 ThinQ, it’s likely that BT could offer the same 5G phones. And as BT owns EE, the company will be utilizing the EE 5G network.  

“100-150Mbps faster” 

BT has promised its 5G customers that they can expect “speeds typically 100-150Mbps faster than 4G connections even in the busiest areas”. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in major cities, airports and train stations. 

BT has also said it will upgrade 700,000 customers and businesses around the UK to superfast broadband, free of charge, by June 2020. 

This is a big step forward for BT, and we could see BT’s brand-new Halo service gaining some serious traction in the next year as 5G fully rolls out.  

5G is initially launching in parts of London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester and is being rolled out to Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol will have 5G by the end of 2019. 

Fiona Leake

Fiona discovered her love for investing and making money from a young age. Since then this interest has grown and now she loves writing about investing and business, and follows the 5G market closely. She is also a technology enthusiast, and so they tend to be her favourite investments.