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 will 5G be available on EE?
As the first network to launch 5G in the UK, the service is available on EE in six UK cities – London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester and Cardiff. So, if you live in either of these cities and have bought a 5G-ready phone, you can already take advantage of 5G’s benefits.
EE has also announced it will be rolling out its 5G network to more UK cities throughout the latter part of 2019, including Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.
And that’s not all. In 2020, 5G will be available across even more UK cities: Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wolverhampton and Worcester will all receive coverage.
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 are expected to be released throughout 2019 and 2020.
However, if you're looking to pick up a 5G-ready phone on EE now, then the following handsets are available to order: OnePlus 7Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Oppo Reno 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ. These are all specifically designed to handle the power and speed of 5G.
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.
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.