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EE to switch on 5G next week

Six cities will launch 5G on 30th May

EE has announced it will switch on its 5G capabilities in select cities on 30th May.

It means the company will be the first telco to launch 5G in the UK.

The first cities to benefit from the 5G roll-out are London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

EE said it plans to add more than 100 5G sites to its network every month, with 10 more cities due to be switched on by the end of 2019 including Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton are scheduled to go live in 2020.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “5G will create new experiences with augmented reality, make our customers’ lives easier, and help launch entirely new businesses that we haven’t even imagined. We’re upgrading more than 100 sites to 5G every month from today to connect more places to what 5G can enable.

EE’s announcements follows the news that Vodafone is launching its 5G network on 3rd July.