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EE Switch-On Ultrafast 5G Mobile Network in 21 New UK Cities

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 (10:05 am) - Score 13,758

Mobile operator EE (BT) has today switched-on their new 5G ultrafast mobile broadband network in a further 21 new cities and large towns across the United Kingdom, including locations such as Bath, Chelmsford, Loughborough and Rochester.

As well as going live across several new towns and cities, the operator has also extended their coverage to a number of additional “high footfall places” including Bath’s Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge, London Bridge and London’s Thornton Heath railway station.

The development means that EE’s 5G network is now live across busy parts of 71 UK cities and towns, which achieves their initial deployment goal and means they currently cover more places in the country than any other operator (hardly a surprise as they did start their roll-out a few months ahead of Vodafone, which in turn began ahead of O2 and Three UK).

At present the operator is only able to harness a 40MHz slice of the 3.4GHz spectrum band for their 5G service, although more bands are due to be released by Ofcom this year (e.g. 700MHz and 3.6-3.8GHz).

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said:

“We have 5G coverage in more places than any other operator, and remain focused on connecting even more towns and cities in 2020 and beyond to keep our customers connected in the busiest places.”

Interestingly EE doesn’t provide any indication of their roll-out plan beyond this point, although it’s not uncommon for operators to stop communicating such details after the initial 9-12 month launch phase (we saw something similar happen with 4G’s launch a few years back). As such from now on it may be best to just keep an eye on their coverage map.

The operator has previously told customers to expect an increase in speeds of around 100-150Mbpseven in the busiest areas” and at the same time they predicted that “some customers” may also break the 1Gbps (1000Mbps+) milestone on their 5G smartphones (the fastest speed possible when EE launched 4G in 2012 was just 50Mbps). But the latter is very difficult to deliver in busy urban areas and with only 40MHz of spectrum, much as shown by some early studies by RootMetrics (here).

Cities:

Bath Glasgow Manchester
Belfast Hull Newcastle
Birmingham Leeds Nottingham
Bristol Leicester Salford
Cardiff Lisburn Sheffield
Chelmsford Lichfield Sunderland
Coventry Liverpool Wakefield
Edinburgh London Wolverhampton

Towns:

Ashton-under-Lyne Hamilton Rochester
Birkenhead Harlow Romford
Bransholme Hoddesdon Rotherham
Bury Huddersfield Rugeley
Castlereagh Kimberley Solihull
Chatham Kingston-upon-Thames South Shields
Cheshunt Loughborough Staines
Clevedon Loughton Stevenage
Clifton Maidstone Sutton Coldfield
Clydebank Milnrow Swadlincote
Dartford Motherwell Sydenham
Dinnington Northampton Walsall
Dudley North Shields Waltham Cross
Gillingham Oldham Watford
Grays Potters Bar West Bromwich
Guildford Rochdale  

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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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37 Responses
  1. Avatar Andrew Snelling

    I’ve done some research into 5G .it’s cancer on an aerial. 300 birds dropped like a stone where one was installed. Doctors have written to EU about doing more tests .What can you say about this?
    People in 1 area had a massive increase in cancer. I’m leaving EE because of this

  2. Avatar Daniel liggins

    Builth wells mid wales has 5g

  3. Avatar Tim

    Would be nice if the MNO’s invested in LTE Advanced Pro. Still poor LTE coverage! I tested out EE as I was thinking of switching but lack of indoor LTE coverage where I need it means I won’t be making the switch.

    5G will be a lot worse for coverage as its on higher frequency that do not penetrate obstructions! This will change as 5G gets deployed on lower sub-1GHz bands (700MHz) however the dream of 1Gbps is dead on that band.

    • Avatar Danny

      If you have wifi then I’d turn on wifi calling on your device when inside the property as it’ll negate the issues with connectivity.

    • Avatar Tim

      OMG! Thanks.

      I just assumed that if Wi-Fi calling was supported then it was on by default. I’d only just googled more about it and realised it was not enabled on my phone so enabled it and am now able to make calls on Wi-Fi.

      Problem it it’d still be nice if a “MOBILE” was a lot more mobile and worked everywhere.

    • Avatar Jon

      Tim, the other way of thinking about it is that VoWiFi complements the mobile network rather than trying to replace it. By having voice call handover both ways between VoLTE & VoWiFi, you have a situation where it doesn’t matter if you don’t have mobile signal indoors because the end result is the same.

      The other PR on the EE website about rural coverage in Scotland & Wales have some interesting stats right at the bottom too.

    • Avatar Danny

      I’ll be honest I thought you were been sarcastic with your reply before I read the rest haha, but your welcome at least it solves part of your problem, it is a common misconception that people don’t realise they have that feature or don’t know they have to turn on the feature for it to work.

    • Avatar REZA GANJAVI

      5G is BAD NEWS. http://www.emfcrisis.com to see industry and government lies.

      ICNIRP is on record for lying. See https://emfcrisis.yolasite.com/hardell-calling-out-roosli.php

      See important short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMxPxZdUfY

  4. Avatar Jamie

    I think the only network to provide 5G in Cumbria is Three in one town..

  5. Avatar Andrew Perry

    Is it not strange that since the introduction of mobile phones there has been a huge increase in people suffering from mental health issues and anxiety. Still I suppose if it means that we can download a movie in seconds and play video games in real time it’s all worth it.
    If you don’t know the game then you are still part of it.

    • Avatar dave

      More rubbish.

      There has been an increase in mental health issues for many reasons, none of which are related to the proliferation of mobile networks. You have to remember that correlation does not equal causation.

      1. More awareness and better diagnosis of mental health issues has caused a larger increase in statistics than the actual increase in mental health issues themselves.

      2. Lifestyle issues like being overworked, increased stress, reduced socialising, lack of exercise… the list goes on. There have been many lifestyle changes in 50 years.

      3. Corrupted food supply. This one goes very deep and there are many culprits including excess sugar, lack of healthy fats for the brain (partly because of the “low fat” fad the last 50 years), processed and junk food devoid of nutrients and much more. A healthy diet is required for precursors to neurotransmitters (e.g tryptophan for serotonin, tyrosine for dopamine) and co-factors (e.g vitamin c, magnesium, vitamin b6 etc) for conversion (e.g tryptophan -> 5HTP -> serotonin). Also, intensively farmed soil with lower levels of vital nutrients is an issue, for example, a lack of magnesium causes many problems throughout the body but in particular can cause both physical and mental anxiety symptoms. Inflammation from food which is unsuitable for the individual can also be an issue because this can lead to inflammation in the brain, which can cause mental health issues as well as brain fog, lowered cognitive abilities and more.

      4. Increased use of social networks has caused an increase in depression and anxiety. While some of this can be attributed to mobile phones making social networks easier to access, social networking would still exist without mobile phones.

      All of the above is factual and backed up by reputable peer-reviewed scientific research, rather than Internet conspiracy theorists.

    • Avatar Reza Ganjavi

      VERY WELL SAID!!

      5G is BAD NEWS. http://www.emfcrisis.com to see industry and government lies.

      ICNIRP is on record for lying. See https://emfcrisis.yolasite.com/hardell-calling-out-roosli.php

      See important short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMxPxZdUfY

    • Avatar REZA GANJAVI

      DAVE, WHAT YOU WROTE IS RUBBISH!
      THERE ARE CREDIBLE STUDIES THAT SHOW RF-EMF CAUSE DEPRESSION, MENTAL DISTORTION, AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION (MAKES PEOPLE MORE STUPID), DISORIENTATION, HEADACHES, CANCER, DNA DAMAGE.

      5G is BAD NEWS. http://www.emfcrisis.com to see industry and government lies.

      ICNIRP is on record for lying. See https://emfcrisis.yolasite.com/hardell-calling-out-roosli.php

      See important short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMxPxZdUfY

  6. Avatar Andrew Perry

    Thank you for your insight Dave. The US navy did research in the 1970’s related to the damage that emfs cause. Look it up. The military use 5G as a weapon system. Is conspiracy theorist another term for people who use their intuition? The food chain has been damaged but that is another issue. I would rather be 100% certain that 5G is really safe before rushing out the rollout. We have done this so many times and regretted it. Asbestos was installed in many school buildings, thalidomide was supposed to be safe, we put lead in paint and water pipes etc etc etc. But you carry on believing that its perfectly safe as the BBC tell us

    • Avatar dave

      The “military weapon” angle has been covered many times but to go over it yet again:

      1. The devil is in the details and the military does not actually use 5G as a weapon. They use frequencies similar to some 5G deployments at an incredibly high power compared to 5G and very tightly focused, rather than spread out.

      2. Related to the above – a knife can be used to butter toast, or it can be used to stab somebody in the eye. Think about that.

      “Asbestos was installed in many school buildings, thalidomide was supposed to be safe, we put lead in paint and water pipes etc etc etc”

      If widespread use of RF was going to cause problems, we would see them already (not just in the mind of gullible idiots).

      RF has been widely used by mobile networks for close to 40 years and has much wider use at much higher powers for much longer than that (TV transmitter masts for example), yet everything is fine!

  7. Avatar Gavin

    Had to larf at the coverage in Northampton, not even half the town. May be 1/4 if you are out side! Think I’ll stick with my 4g phone for a another year before checking again.

  8. Avatar Dave

    In perfect time for corona virus outbreak 😉

  9. Avatar steve

    Everything is fine dave???? cancer is through the roof you idiot!! 20 years ago it was almost unheard of

    • Avatar CarlT

      We’re better at diagnosing it and people are living longer giving them longer to get cancer.

      It being almost unheard of 20 years ago is laughable.

  10. Avatar Trevor

    No informed consent is a breach of human rights and the Nuremburg Code (see 5GAppeal.eu from over 200 medical doctors and scientists). The UK population has never been informed of the 1000s of peer-reviewed published scientific papers demonstrating biological damage at non-thermal levels. Perhaps this is because advisory groups tasked specifically to inform the public have conflicts of interest and their published information is usually substantially out of date.

  11. Avatar MJ

    I feel that there is alot of mix up..with imforation regarding health with people have you heard of mind body and soul??

  12. Avatar Heather McGuire

    What is going on?
    Has everyone been so brainwashed they still can’t see the serious health problems? 5g cannot work without 4 g am I right?
    The microwaves in 5g are military grade weapons degree.
    It’s used for crowd control so we are told! If you are targeted the burning sensation of the skin it produces is unbearable. But it’s safe to put in your home business etc
    It’s a slow kill procedure and whether you are aware of it or not it’s all in the game of depopulation. You might be getting paid very well to spread your lies on this absurd technology be that on your conscious when everyone starts doing the dying fly. Blame it on the corona virus after all the symptoms are exactly the same. Funny how China and Italy hard hit with the virus just as5g was being activated in their country! Shame on you!!

  13. Avatar Anna Finlayson

    Please would the people who ask those of us who are deeply concerned actually read the research that we have e. G Dr Barrie Trower who is a scientist that used to work for the military in naval intelligence and microwave technology l have personally been to meet him and he is very concerned about 5G and WiFi so it’s frustrating for me to be told that the research I have done is unscientific.

    • Avatar David

      I agree Anna, the research should be read instead of ignored. REZA GANJAVI has commented 4 times with links supporting the adverse effects, and yet not one person has commented back to him. They would rather jump on the people that have provided no evidence and just plain ignore the people who have. Thank you REZA for providing the links to some of the evidence out there. I only hope everyone at least take a look without a preconceived opinion. Just admit you don’t know, as its the only way any of us learn anything new.

  14. Avatar Lana

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337113892_Fifth_Generation_Wireless_5G_and_the_Effects_on_Human_Biology_Fifth_Generation_Wireless_5G_Effects_on_Human_Biology

    5 G Highly dangerous to health. We have not consented to use this. 5G radiation is the same as the corona covid 9 symptoms.

    There are hundreds of medics, scientists and health are professionals warning against use yet these companies are not listening.

    There are hundreds of similar peer reviewed articles on the dangers of 5G.

  15. Avatar John Connor

    There is no denying that species extinction has been exponential but also is the number of mobile masts, radios and antenas of many kinds.
    Ignoring this simple verifiable fact is intellectually lazy at best, and dishonest or dangerous at worse.

    That said, the biological and environmental impacts of EMF, RF, Power-lines and dirty electricity are known but largely ignored.
    I would not go so far as entertaining 5G conspiracy theories. Instead, recognise the effects of 2G, 3G, 4G exposure in bees, Insects alone.

    We don’t have to go back to string and cup for communications, we can use wired connections such as fibre optics, and encourage digital detox in order to heal planet and communities.
    People all over the world are crying for something real which the world of 5G or virtual reality simply will not cut it.

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