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EE to launch 5G service at the end of May

EE has announced that it will turn on its 5G services on May 30th, putting it ahead of Vodafone in the race to be the first UK 5G network.

With new 5G plans and a range of six new 5G smartphones and devices, EE’s 5G offering will be available starting in six cities: London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.

From today, consumers and businesses can pre-order the new devices, including smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Oppo. EE is also announcing a 5GEE WiFi and 5GEE home broadband with pricing and availability to follow.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “This is the start of the UK’s 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections. We’ve started with 5G in some of the busiest parts of the UK, the widest range of 5G devices in the UK, and plans that give customers the best mobile connection and great benefits.

“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.

“Our partnerships with Google and Niantic are just the start of our commitment to work with the most innovative and exciting companies in the world to ensure that EE customers are the first to benefit from the exciting new experiences that 5G will bring.”

Last week, Vodafone announced it will be switching on its 5G network for both consumers and business customers in seven cities across the UK on 3rd July 2019.

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