While most of the 5G enthusiasts in the UK were patiently waiting for the 5G debut on July 3 by Vodafone, EE came out of nowhere announcing that it’ll be ready to launch its next-generation network on May 30. That means that citizens in the UK are only eight days away from the first commercially available 5G network in the UK.
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.
— EE (@EE) 22 de maio de 2019
At launch the EE’s 5G network will be live in six cities – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast, and Manchester. According to the network carrier, it will be working in adding 100 cities per month on the 5G spectrum. The carrier states that until 2020 it will be offering the 5G network to all major UK cities.
The 5G debut is currently part of carrier’s phase 1 plan which will rely on combining the pre-existing 4G coverage with the new generation network in order to deliver optimized broadband. EE expects to see users reaching the gigabits speed even in the busiest areas. Starting in 2022, the carrier will start the full-scale 5G deployment with lower latency and full bandwidth support.
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Starting from today EE will be offering some good 5G smartphone offers in order to allow its users to enjoy the new network experience. That includes the OnePlus 7 Pro, Oppo Reno 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G, and of course, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Owners of 5G capable smartphones will be able to join EE’s 5G Smart SIM only plans. Pricing starts at £54 per month for 100GB data and maxes out at £74 per month for 120GB.
UK EE customers will be missing the Huawei Mate 20X 5G from the list of 5G offers. The carrier decided to remove it in light of the recent Huawei ban. According to the CEO Marc Allera, the carrier would “not launch the device until it could assure customers of the device’s long-term usability”, that will surely hurt some Huawei’s enthusiasts in the region. When it comes to Huawei, that’s the first official response from a European network provider, but unless the issues are resolved quickly, we should see more in the coming days.