EE switches on 5G in 35 new UK towns and cities, bringing total place count to 160
Top tourist landmarks and coastal locations including Brighton Pier, now covered by EE’s award-winning 5G network as lockdown restrictions ease across UK and attractions reopen 5G offers faster speeds and greater capacity than 4G Appetite for 5G technology continues to soar, with EE set to hit one million active 5G customer milestone this month
8 April: EE today announced it has switched on 5G in Brighton, as it becomes the first place in East Sussex to receive the service on its network.

The city joins 34 other new places across the UK that are the latest to receive 5G on EE.

The mobile network operator has added outdoor 5G coverage to some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations as restrictions start to ease and attractions begin to reopen from next week.

According to VisitEngland’s Great Britain Tourism Survey, more than 122 million domestic overnight trips were taken in Great Britain in 2019, with more than 27 million of those to seaside locations.

Once open in the coming weeks, EE customers can enjoy using 5G technology at:

·       Brighton Pier

·       Exeter Cathedral

·       Norwich Cathedral

·       Paignton Sands

·       Sandbanks Beach, Poole

·       Swansea Maritime Quarter & Swansea Bay

·       V&A Museum, Dundee

·       York Minster & York Museum Gardens

Residents, businesses and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now benefit from the fast speeds, low latency and increased reliability of EE’s 5G network, with the technology today switched on in:

1.     Aldridge

2.     Alexandria

3.     Aylesbury

4.     Ayr

5.     Barnsley

6.     Biggleswade

7.     Blackburn

8.     Bolton

9.     Brighton

10.  Chester

11.  Colchester

12.  Dundee

13.  Exeter

14.  Grantham

15.  Gravesend

16.  Harrogate

17.  Lincoln

18.  Milton Keynes

19.  Norwich

20.  Paignton

21.  Poole

22.  Portsmouth

23.  Rickmansworth

24.  Runcorn

25.  Southport

26.  Stockton-on-Tees

27.  Stoke-on-Trent

28.  Stratford-upon-Avon

29.  Sunbury-on-Thames

30.  Swansea

31.  Swindon

32.  Widnes

33.  Wigan

34.  Worcester

35.  York

In addition, EE is set to achieve the milestone of reaching one million active 5G customers –those which have a 5G plan and a 5G-enabled device – this month. London, Birmingham and Manchester are the top three home cities of those using EE’s 5G network.

Jane Thomas, BT Group regional lead for the South East, said: “It’s fantastic that Brighton has become the first place in East Sussex to receive 5G on EE’s network, bringing faster speeds and more reliable connections for people in the area.

“With more people set to stay closer to home for short breaks and holidays this year, the fact people will have faster and more reliable connectivity is a real positive. Many people will also use a navigation app to find their way around a new place or use a browser on their phone to look up tourist information, so the arrival of 5G here is a timely boost.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said: “Brighton & Hove is arguably the most successful coastal city in the UK and is a global intellectual gateway. Creative, disruptive and collaborative ways of working are embraced to respond to global challenges and economic opportunities. The city has led the way in delivering innovation by providing entrepreneurs with access to new digital technology. The 5G network is now even more critical to support the evolution of the city, providing avenues to work and reskilling in recovery. I am delighted that EE has invested to help future-proof the region.”

Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT, said: “We’ve announced that we’ve switched on our award-winning 5G network in a further 35 towns and cities across the UK, fulfilling the commitment we set last year to double our 5G place count. With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions expected in the coming weeks and months, the increased capacity and faster speeds of our 5G network will ensure our customers stay connected as footfall starts to increase in historically busy places.”

EE secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable EE to expand and enhance its 5G network even further once rolled out into the network.