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EE UK Sees 5G Mobile Broadband Usage Growing by 40%

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 (10:09 am) - Score 2,736
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Mobile operator EE (BT) has today published their latest UK Mobile Network Index for Q4 2020, which among other things shows that data traffic over their 5G network (mobile broadband) grew by 40% month on month from October to December. Video streaming services also saw a 30% month on month increase.

The top four internet apps and services on EE’s new 5G network during this period were, perhaps unsurprisingly, YouTube, Facebook, Netflix and Instagram. Naturally, video streaming accounts for the lion’s share of consumer data traffic and thus such services tend to come at the top of any charts.

Meanwhile, in terms of the top UK locations for 5G usage on EE’s mobile network, London, Birmingham and Manchester dominate the table. Elsewhere, Glasgow tops the list for 5G usage in Scotland, while Cardiff does the same for Wales. Sadly, Northern Ireland doesn’t make the table.

We’ve summarised all of this below in one big image, which also reveals some of the changes in traffic that occurred after the latest COVID-19 lockdown was introduced.

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar daza says:

    I would imagine the iPhone 12 being released would account for a large proportion of that.

  2. Avatar Jon says:

    Shame the UK government has so far been hindering the rollout with the Huawei ban and now the auction delay.

    Being stuck on 30Mbps FTTC is not fun.

    1. Avatar Buggerlugz says:

      Being stuck on 30Mbps 4g because your provider won’t sort out a contended mast that 14 Months ago provided over 100mbps is just as frustrating.

    2. Avatar Dave says:

      Being stuck on less than 24Mbs is even more not fun.
      I dream of 30Mbs, but then I am subsidising those over 24Mbs.
      No decent 4g, what’s 5G
      Not rural, in a town of over 7000.

    3. Avatar JP says:

      I support the gov’s move to get Huawei gone, but no home players to replace them so now we’re just outsourcing to another country.

  3. Avatar Craig says:

    I note that there is a small green box on a small green pole at the end of my road now, is that anything to do with broadband?

  4. Avatar 5G yeah right says:

    We’ve only just got 4G and that barely makes 3Mbps. I’ll return to it in around 2056 when 5G arrives.

  5. Avatar Mark says:

    Be thankful the O2/Vodafone masts here have never been upgraded, just 2G EDGE.I don’t think youve anything to moan about speedwise.

  6. Avatar Mac says:

    Anyone know when 5G is coming to Farnham, Surrey?

    1. Avatar JP says:

      Probably already there with one of the networks… just not on maps or actively usable

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