EE switches on 5G in six cities

EE launches UK's first 5G network in six cities

London reacts to launch of EE's 5G network

Rob Baillie, mobile comms expert at CompareMyMobile, said: "It's definitely true that today marks a great step in the right direction, but it will still probably take some time before 5G is commonplace and most people are able to make the most of it".

5G RuralFirst received a grant of £4.3m from multinational tech firm Cisco, to create rural testbeds and trials for 5G wireless and mobile connectivity across three main sites in the Orkney Islands, Shropshire, and Somerset.

5G is no longer just "hype"- after a year or so of a solid preamble, the cellular technology is officially in the wild as United Kingdom mobile carrier EE switches on its next-gen service across six cities.

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It was made possible through specialised 5G modems connected to BBC News cameras, and it sounds like a far preferable option to broadcasting using 4G, as 4G network links require multiple connections to deliver the capacity needed to carry the live video feed, whereas they only needed one connection in this 5G trial.

EE has switched on its 5G network in six cities across the country enabling customers access to lightning quick speeds.

As of now, EE has come up with different data plans, the base pack offers 10 GB of data per month for £54, and the company is also offering 120 GB 5G data per month for £74. EE expects customers to experience an increase in speeds of around 100-150Mbps even in the busiest areas. The various business will also benefit immensely from 5G.

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"With Belfast being one of the first cities to provide 5G, this will ensure that local businesses remain competitive and continue to be attractive to inward investors", she added. "It is a more capable cellular standard that has positive implications for the Internet of Things (IoT)". The project launched its 5G test network in February and demonstrated a 5G-enabled infrastructure for CAVs.

In April SK Telecom launched what it claimed was the world's first commercial 5G network, spanning 85 cities.

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