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EE’s 5G Extends to More UK City Centres and Transport Hubs

Friday, October 4th, 2019 (10:23 am) - Score 3,121
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Mobile operator EE has announced that their new 5G ultrafast mobile broadband network, which started to rollout across London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester in May 2019 (here), has now been switched-on in even more of the UK’s “busiest transport hubs and city centre destinations.”

As the first operator to start their rollout, it comes as little surprise to find EE claiming that their new network is now “available in more places than any other UK 5G network.” So far they’ve covered parts of over 20 large towns and cities, with a further 7 large cities due to see the start of their rollout in 2019 (Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Nottingham).

EE is also expanding coverage around their launch cities to reach busy towns and suburbs. In the West Midlands, they’re rolling out around Solihull, Dudley, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich and Lichfield. Around Greater Manchester, 5G is deploying to Salford, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Rochdale and Milnrow. The new network is also launching in Kingston-upon-Thames, Grays, Romford, Chatham and Gillingham around London.

On top of that the operator has this week built sites in three new cities – Bristol, Leicester and Coventry. The sites will be switched-on next week. Otherwise they’ve been busy connecting a series of large transport hubs and popular landmarks.

Recent 5G Deployments by EE (Transport Hubs and Landmarks)
* London Waterloo (Britain’s largest train station), Liverpool Street Station, Charing Cross, Highbury and Islington, New Cross Gate Overground and the Shoreditch High Street Overground station.
* 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 and City Hall.
* Birmingham’s historical Victoria Square, the Mailbox and Brindley Place.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT Consumer, said:

“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.”

We should point out that EE’s 5G network is also planned to rollout across Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton during 2020. Sadly their mobile broadband speeds are currently limited by the fact that they only have access to a single slice of the 3.4GHz band (much like O2 and Vodafone), but Ofcom hope to auction off more spectrum next year.

The operator has also recently launched a new “unlimited data” plan from £34 per month on 4G (here), although the pricing for this rises to £44 when taken alongside a 5G plan and that’s more expensive than their rivals.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar OK

    anyone ?! please – can I buy from ee Unlimited data 5 g for £ 44 a month – and buy router who will support ee 5G (please suggest which one) and use like broadband? anything I should know ? like use vpn or .. ?

    I think this information will be useful for many people

    • Avatar Mike

      At the moment the easiest option is tether from a 5G phone, this can be done to a router.

      Alternatively you’d have to buy a 5G router which is very expensive on their own at the moment, like the Huawei 5G CPE Pro, this should work since Ofcom prohibited restrictions on what devices you could use SIM’s in.

  2. Avatar David

    Only you and EE know if you can buy it – £44 for Unlimited 5G is a bargain. I am on unlimited 4G and I get about 150Mbps down where I live which is great and 50 up. Not currently got landline Broadband as see no point. I would look on the EE site for routers unless someone knows of a third party one but I don’t sorry. As for VPN – only if you are going to use something which is not UK based or naughty.

    Kudos though – you sound like Chappie 🙂

    • Avatar AnotherTim

      “As for VPN – only if you are going to use something which is not UK based or naughty.”

      Not true at all – there are many wholesome reasons to use a VPN, e.g. most companies that have home-based workers will require a VPN to be used.

    • Avatar Mike

      A VPN is also useful for those concerned about the direction of government in the UK, they are already spying, how long before they start to abuse/use that information for “naughty” purposes?

  3. Avatar Jamie Simms

    Looking at the coverage maps EE 5G coverage in Leicester looks very good and covers not only the city centre but also a number of outer areas as well.

  4. Avatar Jon edwards

    I do wish EE and the others would work on getting a decent basic phone reception nationwide first!!! Many dont need 4g or 5g as they can connect to broadband at home or work
    .. of my broadband is disconnected i can barely get a signal indoors…. anywhere…. and thats with 5 different phones now

    I have one bar as i type this (im in rural Shropshire)
    .. in most of wales and the lake district , there is NO signal at all. The networks should be nationalised and cover tje whole countru with a decent basic service before rolling out 3 then 4 then 5g

  5. Avatar Jake4

    South Gloucestershire is now covered with 5G from EE but central Bristol still isn’t covered. Strange that I can get 5G from atleast a mile or 2 away from the mast without line of site according to there checker.

    Also strange why more rural area is covered than just the towns.

    Screenshot of the checker with map
    https://i.imgur.com/vQhLUUz.jpg

  6. Avatar Dreamy

    It says 5g is launched in BRISTOL…so where is it ??

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