EE expands its range of 5G coverage to 12 new UK locations including Oxford, Aberdeen and Blackpool
- EE customers with a monthly contract and a smartphone will have 5G access
- The roll-out takes the list of EE towns and cities to 112 total locations
- 5G has been the focal point of many conspiracy theories but it is perfectly safe
EE has turned on ultra-fast 5G mobile internet in 12 new locations in the UK.
It brings the new era of cellular data to Aberdeen, Oxford and Blackpool and takes the operator’s total list of locations to 112.
All EE customers with a pay monthly contract and a smartphone will instantly be able to get 5G, assuming they have a device capable of utilising it.
5G is the newest generation of mobile communication technology, designed to offer data speeds several times that of 4G.
It allows for larger amounts of data to be transferred at once, which could one day help power technologies such as fully autonomous cars.
5G is the newest generation of mobile communication technology, designed to offer data speeds several times that of 4G. EE now has 112 total 5G locations in the UK
Latest places to get EE 5G
The latest rollout has introduced EE 5G to Aberdeen, Aldershot, Barrhead, Blackpool, Castleford, Crawley, Mirfield, Oxford, Porthcawl, Shipley, Stafford and Warwick.
EE began the rollout of its network in May 2019, regularly adding new towns and cities since.
It claims it now has 5G coverage available to people in more places than any other UK provider.
‘Delivering the best mobile experience for our customers has never been more important,’ said Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s consumer business, which owns EE.
‘Our 5G rollout continues apace, with our engineers building and upgrading new sites every day to bring the latest mobile technology to even more people in the places they need it.
‘We have 5G coverage in more places than anyone in the UK, and we remain focused on connecting many more areas this year and beyond.’
According to data from EE, the top three uses of its 5G network currently are for video streaming and social networking, with YouTube, Netflix, Facebook and Instagram the most used services.
5G is expected to be up to 1,000 times faster than the currently used network standard, 4G
EE’s announcement comes as Apple is expected to introduce 5G compatibility to its iPhone range for the first time.
Later today, the technology giant is expected to unveil the iPhone 12 during a virtual event, with as many as four different versions of the phone reportedly set to be introduced – all of which could support 5G.
5G has become the focal point of many unfounded conspiracy theories linking it to cancer and various health complaints, including COVID-19.
These are untrue, but earlier this year a spate of arson attacks saw masts targeted by crackpot believers.
Quack science shared on social media propagated the myth and even led to some engineers being attacked.
However, as scientific studies have repeatedly found, 5G is perfectly safe.
Tech giant EE has announced it has switched on 5G coverage in 12 new towns and cities in the UK
EXPLAINED: THE EVOLUTION OF MOBILE BROADBAND UP TO 5G
The evolution of the G system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone which allowed for analogue data to be transmitted via phone calls.
Digital came into play in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the capabilities and carrying capacity for the mobile network has increased massively.
More data can be transferred from one point to another via the mobile network quicker than ever.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
Whilst the jump from 3G to 4G was most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the step to 5G will be so fast they become almost real-time.
That means mobile operations will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of several languages in a party conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full length 8GB film can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so quick and efficient it is possible it could start the end of wired connections.
By the end of 2020, industry estimates claim 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
The evolution of from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1Gbps – 1,000 times greater than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future
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