EE announces plans to launch 5G in Manchester

Joanna Estrada
November 15, 2018

5G promises blazing-fast speeds and is capable of accommodating many more connected devices.

Though there's no word on exactly when we can expect the first 5G sites to switch on, there will be six cities included in the initial 2019 launch: London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.

EE, which was the first United Kingdom network to launch 4G back in 2012, announced on Tuesday that it'll first be bringing the next-gen communications tech to Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester; targeting the "busiest" parts of the cities, such as Manchester Airport and London's Hyde Park. The network notes that the first 1,500 sites it's upgrading to 5G carry 25% of all data across the whole network, despite only covering 15% of the United Kingdom population. However, these sites use 25 percent of all data across the whole network.

Transmission at each site will be upgraded to 10Gbps links by EE and this has already been tested at trials site in Canary Wharf and East London.

The first 1,500 locations that EE is upgrading to 5G will include London's Hyde Park and Manchester Airport.

EE said its 5G rollout is determined by the number of business and consumer customers in its busiest sites.

The next generation of wireless mobile connections, 5G is expected to offer significant speed increases on 4G as well as new applications thanks to its lower latency. "It's great to see the country has learned its lesson for 5G; there are cutting edge trials going on right now and genuine excitement and enthusiasm about the United Kingdom being the place for technology leadership again". "5G is an additional layer on top of a very strong 4G foundation", Mr Allera said. Britain sold some 5G-ready spectrum in an April auction that raised 1.36 billion pounds ($1.76 billion) - more than expected - and has plans to sell other spectrum next year.

Unlike the current trials, EE said that their commercial deployment will also launch 5G mobile services via "multiple smartphone partners", although they also intend to launch a new EE 5G Home router with external antenna and that will be used to "showcase the power of 5G" for broadband connectivity to individual premises.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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