EE adds 35 new UK towns and cities to its 5G network

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EE has switched on it’s 5G network in 35 new UK towns and cities, bringing the network’s total place count to 160. The UK’s appetite for 5G technology shows no sign of slowing, with EE set to hit one million active 5G customer milestone this month.

The 35 locations to benefit from EE 5G include top tourist landmarks and coastal locations including Brighton Pier, York Minster, Swansea Bay and Sandbanks Beach. The switch on is well timed, as the UK’s lockdown restrictions ease and non-essential retail stores, hospitality venues and attractions begin to reopen from next week.

"“Our 5G network will ensure our customers stay connected as footfall starts to increase in historically busy places”

Marc Allera, BT

“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,” said Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT.

5G for top tourist landmarks

Once open in the coming weeks, EE customers will be able to enjoy using 5G technology at Brighton Pier, Exeter Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Paignton Sands, Sandbanks Beach in Poole, Swansea Maritime Quarter and Swansea Bay, the V&A Museum in Dundee and York Minster and York Museum Gardens.

160 UK towns are cities now benefit from the fast 5G speed and low latency of EE’s network. The 35 that have benefited from yesterdays switch on are: 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.


(Image credit: EE)

One million active 5G customers

EE is set to reach one million active 5G customers this month – those one of the network's 5G deals and a 5G-enabled device. London, Birmingham and Manchester are the top three home cities EE’s 5G network users, followed by Glasgow, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds and Leicester.

Independent testing by RootMetrics, has shown EE’s 5G availability is higher than all other 5G networks in the UK’s four capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Impressively, in London, availability on EE is more than double that of the second placed operator, almost four times that of the third placed operator and six times greater than the last placed operator.

We don’t expect the EE 5G rollout to slow down anytime soon as the network secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable further expansion and enhancement of its network.

Rachael Sharpe

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