The UK’s Mobile network operator EE has launched the first next-generation 5G mobile network in six major cities comprising Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester – and more hubs will follow. 5G mobile networks offer faster downloads, but customers will need a new handset to take advantage. On the other hand rival Vodafone plans to switch on its 5G service in the coming weeks.
“From today, the UK will be able to discover 5G for the first time thanks to EE,” it announced in a statement, after an official launch featuring a performance from chart-topping grime act Stormzy on a boat on London’s River Thames. However, the Chinese company still provides 5G network infrastructure equipment to EE.
EE’s lowest-priced deal is £54 a month plus a one-off £170 fee for a compatible handset. But this only includes 10GB of data a month, which can be used up quickly if you download lots of movies or games.
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