It only felt like yesterday we welcomed in 4G technology to the UK, however that’s now old news as we now start the 5G era.
EE have today announced that their trial 5G network will launch in October. Some 10 sites in London will go live and means that they can test the new spectrum ready for commercial launch sometime in 2019.
As we are yet to see any 5G mobile devices in the UK, the trial will connect testers using a beta mobile broadband device.
Check below for the full press release from EE.
EE SET TO SWITCH ON UK’S FIRST 5G TRIAL NETWORK IN LONDON’S TECH CITY
• EE switching on UK’s first live 5G trial network in London’s Tech City in October
• 10 sites to be upgraded with latest 5G technology to enable next generation of mobile network
• Consumers and businesses to experience UK’s first 5G network with beta 5G broadband devices
6th June 2018, London: EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, will switch on the UK’s first live 5G trial network in London’s Tech City in October, connecting real EE customers and businesses to 5G for the first time.
The trial will see 5G switched on at 10 sites around London’s Tech City. Five small businesses and five homes will have the chance to get connected to the unique 5G launch to trial the new technology, using prototype 5G broadband devices. In the coming weeks, EE will be using social media channels to find the UK’s first ever 5G trialists.
The live trial will demonstrate the ability of 5G to provide the highest speed mobile data connections, even in the most densely populated urban environments. 5G will create more reliable and responsive mobile internet connections, enabling widespread adoption of virtual reality and augmented reality in consumer apps and services. EE aims to be the first UK operator to launch 5G, and will build the new mobile technology on top of its award winning 4G network, boasting the fastest speeds and the widest coverage.
Minister for Digital, Margot James, said: “We want the UK to be a global leader in 5G as part of our ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. Together with the Government’s own test beds and trials programme, industry initiatives like this will help deliver the benefits of this new revolutionary technology to businesses and consumers across the UK.”
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said: “This live trial is a big step forward in making the benefits of 5G a reality for our customers, and in making sure that the UK is at the front of the pack for 5G technology. We’re focusing our resource and experience across EE and BT to ensure that we continue to lead the UK market with a mobile network that keeps giving our customers the best speeds and the best coverage. 5G is a fundamental part of our work to build a converged, smart network that keeps our customers connected to the things that matter most.”