Promising better speeds, reduced lagging time and the ability to improve public services and smart home technology in the future, 5G is the next-generation mobile network available in the UK.
EE launched its UK 5G offering in May 2019, making it the first UK network to do so. If you want to find out more about 5G on EE, take a look below.
What is 5G?
The newest mobile network, 5G offers users super-fast download speeds, reduced latency time, minimal buffering and an overall improved user experience.
5G works by using higher frequencies on the radio spectrum, which also enables improved signal and coverage to mobile networks, even in rural locations.
Where is 5G available on EE?
EE were the first network to launch 5G in the UK, initially rolling the service out to London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester and Cardiff. It wasn't long before more cities were added, and by March 2020 EE have promised to deliver 5G to 70 locations.
Newcastle, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, Leicester and Liverpool are just a handful of the more recent locations to be supported by 5G on EE. If you live in on of EE's covered areas, all you'll need is your 5G-ready phone to take the advantage of the benefits.
How do I connect to 5G?
In order to use 5G for yourself, you need to purchase a phone that is 5G-ready. Most handsets are not fitted with a 5G modem, so you won’t be able to connect to the network if your phone is not specified as 5G-ready.
Even if your phone is 5G-ready, do remember that you’ll only be able to connect to a 5G network if you’re in an area that has 5G coverage. This means that if you’re not using your phone in any of the locations listed above, you won’t be able to connect to 5G just yet.
Which 5G phones can I buy on EE?
Many major manufacturers have already launched a range of 5G-ready phones, and new phones capable of connecting to the 5G network with more to be added in the near future.
However, if you're looking to pick up a 5G-ready phone on EE now, then the following handsets are available to order:
5G Roaming with EE
EE has not yet announced that 5G roaming is available on their network, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future.
As more and more 5G-ready phones and 5G connections become available, 5G roaming on EE is sure to follow.
Connect on the go
Thanks to EE's ever-expanding 5G service, you'll now find 5G in some of the UK's busiest locations. From transport links to tourist hotspots, EE will keep you connected on the go.
A selection of popular locations in the UK where you can connect to 5G on EE include: London Waterloo, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, New Cross Gate Overground, Shoreditch High Street Overground, Market Street on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Albert Square in Manchester, Piccadilly Circus, Belfast Great Northern Mall.
5G at Glastonbury
EE made Glastonbury 2019 the UK’s first 5G festival, installing five temporary 5G masts to Worthy Farm. The EE recharge tent allowed festival goers to stay connected to friends, family and social media, offering superfast phone charging and 5G-powered Wi-Fi to tens of thousands of people.
The 2019 festival marked EE’s sixth year as Glastonbury’s technology partner.