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Stealing a march on its rivals, UK telco EE has revealed that it will be making available a 5G communications infrastructure to customers in London, Manchester, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and Birmingham.
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EE has been trialling 5G for some time and in November 2018 unveiled the country’s first live broadcast with remote production over 5G. Consumers and businesses can pre-order immediately the new devices, including smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG and Oppo.

EE expects 5G customers to experience an increase in speeds of around 100-150Mbps and claims that some customers will break the one gigabit-per-second milestone on their 5G smartphones. The fastest speed possible when EE launched 4G in 2012 was just 50Mbps. As well as upgrading more than 100 sites to 5G every month, EE is expanding 4G coverage into rural areas, and adding more capacity to 4G sites by turning 3G signal into 4G to enable more spectrum for a better network experience.

In addition to the six launch cities, in 2019 EE will also be introducing 5G across the busiest parts of Liverpool, Bristol and other large conurbations through to 2020. EE is also announcing a 5GEE Wi-Fi and 5GEE home broadband with pricing and availability to follow. The new 5G Smart plans will give customers access to the UK’s first 5G network, BT Sport HD HDR and an exclusive Gamer’s Data Pass with zero-rated data, as well as the chance to upgrade and get a device warranty for the duration of their contract.

As part of its strategy for 5G deployment, EE also announced new partnerships with content providers to develop new 5G experiences. In a key example, EE is
partnering with Niantic to be the exclusive telecom launch partner in the UK for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Co-published and co-developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an upcoming augmented reality (AR) real-world mobile title under the Portkey Games label and will give EE customers will have the chance to experience exclusive Harry Potter: Wizards Unite content.

To run services, EE is offering the latest including the Samsung (Galaxy S10 5G) as well as UK exclusives with Oppo (Reno 5G), LG (V50 ThinQ) and One Plus (7 Pro 5G).

“This is the start of the UK’s 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections," said Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, EE's owner. "We’re adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network to increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most. 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."