EE Go Live with 5G First
EE set to become the first mobile network in the UK to switch 5G service.
22:38 29 May 2019
EE will switch on its 5G service in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester this May. Residents will need 5G-ready handsets to access the service and will have to pay at least £54 per month for 10 GB of data.
EE has confirmed that its range of 5G phones would not include Huawei.
A spokesman said: "We're pausing the launch of the new Huawei 5G smartphones coming to market,"
Meanwhile, Marc Allera, chief executive of BT's consumer division, which owns EE, said: "This is the start of the UK's 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections,"
Kester Mann, an analyst at research firm CCS Insight, said: "In getting 5G as soon as next week, the UK will have completed a remarkable turnaround from laggard to leader."
"Being first-to-market with 5G matters little to consumers, but is clearly an important honour for BT."