EE has announced it will be the first network provider to deliver 5G connectivity to the UK. Last week, Vodafone revealed it was ready to release its 5G network to customers on July 3, however, EE will beat its competitor by releasing its service on May 30.
EE’s 5G network will roll out in six cities across the UK — London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester — with plans for an additional ten cities to also receive coverage in 2020. Vodafone pipped EE with coverage in seven cities and offers its potential 5G customers a full postcode checker for both indoor and outdoor coverage, whereas EE has only supplied zoomed out maps, making it harder to tell where coverage starts and ends.
The Samsung S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will all be available for pre-order from May 22 from EE. Price points for 5G plans start at £54 GBP (approx. $68 USD) per month for 10GB of data, with sim-only deals starting at £32 GBP (approx. $40 USD) per month for a 20GB plan.
The network will also be coming to EE’s home broadband service which uses a HTC 5G Hub. For £100 GBP (approx. $126 USD), homeowners will be able to receive ultra-fast connectivity, priced at £50 GBP for 50GB or £75 GBP for 100GB (approx. $63 USD and $95 USD respectively).
In other news, watch this video to see how fast 5G connectivity will be when it lands in the UK.
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Say hello to #5GEE. Next week you’ll be able to experience a new era of faster and more reliable mobile connectivity on our 5G network – launching 30th May. You can be among the first to join 5GEE, with our new range of Smart Plans and the best range of 5G devices in the UK available to pre-order now. #5GEE will be switched on in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester on Thursday, May 30. And we’ll be adding more than 100 new 5G sites to our network every month, with Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow receiving #5GEE in 2019. We’re also targeting Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Dundee, Exeter, Ipswich, Norwich, Plymouth and York for 2020. Find out more at EE.co.uk/5G
- The Verge