EE Announces 5G Launch Date

EE have announced their 5G rollout. And it’s launching sooner than you think.

On Thursday 30th May 2019, EE will officially turn on 5G in the following launch cities:

  • London
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester

EE are said to have “increased speeds, reliability and connectivity” when 5G goes live. And will launch new 5G Smart Sim only plans, that will launch firstly with a phone contract.

EE also announced partnerships with Niantic and Google to develop exciting new experiences that make the most of 5G connectivity. And will roll out 5G rapidly, with more than 100 new 5G sites per month being added, providing 5G in:

  • Bristol
  • Coventry
  • Leicester
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Liverpool
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow

Then ten more towns and cities have been announced as initial 5G locations for 2020 with more to follow, including:

  • Aberdeen
  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • Derby
  • Gloucester
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Worcester
  • Wolverhampton

Consumers and businesses can pre-order the new devices, including smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Oppo. EE is also announcing a 5GEE WiFi and 5GEE home broadband with pricing and availability to follow.

EE said “As well as upgrading more than 100 sites to 5G every month, EE is expanding 4G coverage into rural areas, and adding more capacity to 4G sites by turning 3G signal into 4G to enable more spectrum for a better network experience wherever EE customers go.”

This is Phase 1 of EE’s 5G rollout: a ‘non-standalone’ deployment focused on using the combined power of 4G and 5G to give customers the fastest, most reliable mobile broadband experience they’ve ever had.

Phase 2, from 2022, will introduce the full next generation 5G core network, enhanced device chipset capabilities, and increased availability of 5G-ready spectrum. Higher bandwidth and lower latency, coupled with expansive and growing 5G coverage, will enable a more responsive network, enabling truly immersive mobile augmented reality, real-time health monitoring, and mobile cloud gaming. Phase 2 is also a vital step on our journey to the convergence of our network technologies, as we bring together fixed, mobile and WiFi into one seamless customer experience.

Phase 3, from 2023, will introduce Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Network Slicing and multi-gigabit-per-second speeds. This phase of 5G will enable critical applications like real-time traffic management of fleets of autonomous vehicles, massive sensor networks with millions of devices measuring air quality across the entire country, and the ‘tactile internet’, where a sense of touch can be added to remote real-time interactions.

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