EE Doubles 5G Place Count And Expands Network To Top Tourist Locations

With 5G rollouts gaining pace every day, UK network EE have confirmed another 35 locations have had the super fast network switched on.

This brings the total official number to over 160 who can now download movies in seconds or game on the move with no lag.

There are more locations who have had 5G switched on, but EE does not list them until a set list of criteria has been met, so customers may still get 5G in other locations not on the list yet too.

With the UK set to come out of lockdown next week and people are able to travel around once again, there has been a big focus on tourist locations to get the best experience.

Below is the full press release from EE for more information including listing the new locations switched on.


EE has today announced it has switched on 5G in 35 new towns and cities across the UK.

EE has added outdoor 5G coverage to some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations as lockdown restrictions start to ease and non-essential retail stores, hospitality venues and attractions begin to reopen from next week. According to VisitEngland’s Great Britain Tourism Survey, more than 122 million domestic overnight trips were taken in Great Britain in 2019, with more than 27 million of those to seaside locations.

Once open in the coming weeks, EE customers can enjoy using 5G technology at:

  • Brighton Pier
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Norwich Cathedral
  • Paignton Sands
  • Sandbanks Beach, Poole
  • Swansea Maritime Quarter & Swansea Bay
  • V&A Museum, Dundee
  • York Minster & York Museum Gardens

Residents, businesses, and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now benefit from the fast speeds, low latency and increased reliability of EE’s 5G network, with the technology today switched on in:

  1. Aldridge
  2. Alexandria
  3. Aylesbury
  4. Ayr
  5. Barnsley
  6. Biggleswade
  7. Blackburn
  8. Bolton
  9. Brighton
  10. Chester
  11. Colchester
  12. Dundee
  13. Exeter
  14. Grantham
  15. Gravesend
  16. Harrogate
  17. Lincoln
  18. Milton Keynes
  19. Norwich
  20. Paignton
  21. Poole
  22. Portsmouth
  23. Rickmansworth
  24. Runcorn
  25. Southport
  26. Stockton-on-Tees
  27. Stoke-on-Trent
  28. Stratford-upon-Avon
  29. Sunbury-on-Thames
  30. Swansea
  31. Swindon
  32. Widnes
  33. Wigan
  34. Worcester
  35. York

In addition, EE is set to achieve the milestone of reaching one million active 5G customers –those which have a 5G plan and a 5G-enabled device – this month. London, Birmingham and Manchester are the top three home cities of those using EE’s 5G network, followed by:

  • Glasgow
  • Bristol
  • Nottingham
  • Newcastle
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • Leicester

According to independent tests by RootMetrics, EE’s 5G availability is higher than all other networks in the UK’s four capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. In London, availability on EE is more than double that of the second placed operator, almost four times that of the third placed operator and six times greater than the last placed operator.

Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT,said: “We’ve announced that we’ve switched on our award-winning 5G network in a further 35 towns and cities across the UK, fulfilling the commitment we set last year to double our 5G place count. With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions expected in the coming weeks and months, the increased capacity and faster speeds of our 5G network will ensure our customers stay connected as footfall starts to increase in historically busy places.”

EE secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable EE to expand and enhance its 5G network even further once rolled out into the network.

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