EE customers could soon see their download speeds get infinitely faster.
The mobile network has just announced the launch of its very first 5G trial which is so fast it allows users to download a full HD movie in just a few seconds.
The live trial will be held in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf with EE saying it’s a major milestone in the rollout of the next generation of mobile networks
High capacity zone testing is a critical part of EE’s 5G launch program, with the first phase of roll-out targeting ‘hotspots’ across the UK – the places that have the greatest number of people using the most mobile data.
EE has confirmed it will make ten more sites live for consumer and business technology trials in east London later this month.
Speaking about the upgrade, Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said: “This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand from customers for increased mobile capacity.
“With constant upgrades to 4G, and laying the foundations for 5G, we’re working to always be able to deliver what our customers need – both consumers and the vertical industries that will make the greatest use of 5G.
“We were UK pioneers with 4G and today we saw the UK’s first live connections on 5G – this is a huge step forward for our digital infrastructure.”
5G is the future of mobile networks and will allow data to be transferred at speeds of around 1Gbps which is over 600 times faster than the UK average.
With a much larger bandwidth, 5G also allows more people to access this fast service at once.
EE is not the only company testing this new technology.
O2 says it will begin the roll-out across select locations at The O2, including the exclusive O2 blueroom and the O2 store at the venue, with plans to extend coverage across by the end of 2020.
It will initially allow O2 customers to experience ground-breaking technology via a variety of demonstrations.
“The arrival of 5G technology, and the range of unprecedented benefits it will bring, will play a key role in keeping our society and the British economy moving for years to come,” said Mark Evans, CEO of O2.
Vodafone also confirmed that in the coming weeks it will switch on 5G trials in the first of its city test beds, following end-to-end 5G testing at its Newbury-based laboratory.
Manchester and Birmingham will be the first of Vodafone’s seven UK 5G test cities to go live, underlining a commitment to develop a super-fast and reliable network across the UK.
We will also roll out 5G to popular UK holiday destinations such as Cornwall and the Lake District during 2019, so the UK’s cities aren’t the only places to benefit.
Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said: “Vodafone has a history of firsts in UK telecoms – we made the nation’s first mobile phone call, sent the first text and now we’ve conducted the UK’s first holographic call using 5G.
“We also lead the industry in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, with the world’s largest dedicated global IoT network.