EE has pipped its rivals to the post, launching its 5G network in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham today
The moment that tech-fans across the UK have been waiting for is finally here – the first 5G network has launched!
EE has pipped its rivals to the post, launching its 5G network in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham today.
The network promises faster speeds and more reliable connectivity than existing 3G and 4G networks.
Customers will experience an uplift in speed of around 100-150Mbps, from an average of 30Mbps on 4G today. Some customers will even break the one gigabit-per-second milestone on their 5G smartphones , according to EE.
In practical terms, this will allow customers to download a full season of a TV show in minutes, stream graphics-rich games with virtually no lag, and carry out real-time 4K video calls.
While this very exciting news, sadly you can currently only access the network on four smartphones.
However, now that the 5G network has launched, its likely that tech firms will launch new 5G-compatible phones soon.
Smartphones you can access the 5G network on now
– Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
– One Plus 7 Pro 5G
– Oppo Reno 5G
– LG V50 ThinQ
While Huawei also recently launched a 5G-enabled smartphone, EE said the launch for these devices is ‘on pause’ until we have more information about the Android ban.
Vodafone will also launch its 5G network on July 3, giving access on an additional phone – the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G.