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

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 (10:05 am) - Score 37,084

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).


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


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
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By Mark Jackson
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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31 Responses
  1. Andrew Snelling says:

    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

    1. New_Londoner says:

      Fake news, do better research and cite credible sources!

    2. Michael V says:

      You clearly have not read previous post. What is it exactly about 5G? Do you know your argument? I’m just asking ‘cos not many people can say what exactly they are against.

      The frequency bands currently used here in UK are similar bends used for 4G & home WiFi.
      If U want to avoid because of radio frequencies then you might as well give up everything else.

      Please don’t fill the comments area with your trash unless you can say exactly the thing you are against.

    3. Mike says:

      Looks like you won’t be using any other network soon either, maybe stick to cup n string?

    4. CarlT says:

      Is that this Andrew Snelling? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_A._Snelling

      Making about as much sense.

    5. dave says:

      @ Andrew:

      I’ve also done research into 5G.

      In one location where a 5G mast was installed it was found that mens manhoods grew 25%, IQ’s raised by 25 points and bank balances doubled.

      See how credible my claims are?

    6. Reza Ganjavi says:

      5G is BAD NEWS. http://www.emfcrisis.com
      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

  2. Daniel liggins says:

    Builth wells mid wales has 5g

    1. William says:

      Fackoff does it I bet u got no signal on your phone still

  3. Tim says:

    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.

    1. Danny says:

      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.

    2. Tim says:

      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.

    3. Jon says:

      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.

    4. Danny says:

      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.

    5. REZA GANJAVI says:

      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. Jamie says:

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

    1. Sam says:

      Vodafone do in Ambleside.

  5. Andrew Perry says:

    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.

    1. dave says:

      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.

    2. Reza Ganjavi says:


      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

    3. REZA GANJAVI says:


      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. Andrew Perry says:

    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

    1. dave says:

      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. Gavin says:

    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. Dave says:

    In perfect time for corona virus outbreak 😉

  9. steve says:

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

    1. CarlT says:

      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. Trevor says:

    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. MJ says:

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

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