EE BECOMES FIRST NETWORK TO TAKE 5G TO 50% OF UK POPULATION
- EE expands 5G network to more than 50% of the UK population, and becomes the first UK mobile operator to do so
- Milestone achieved five years ahead of government ambition as EE continues to grow network leadership
- 5G technology live in locations with high summer footfall including St Austell, Falmouth and Morecambe, to help customers stay connected
EE today announced its 5G network has now passed 50% population coverage in the UK.
EE launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019 and is the first and only mobile operator to pass this significant milestone. The achievement comes one year ahead of EE’s target and five years ahead of the government’s ambition.
EE’s 5G technology is live in locations across the UK with expected high summer footfall, to help keep customers connected on their holiday breaks. New locations, or those with an improved 5G service, include:
- Great Malvern
- St Austell
Digital Infrastructure Minister Julia Lopez, said: "I am delighted to see EE has made good progress rolling out 5G to half of the country. The technology, which can be up to 20 times faster than 4G, will help us in our aims to level up our economy and unleash the potential of communities across the UK.
"We are working alongside industry to boost rural coverage through a £1 billion deal with mobile phone operators and are developing a new strategy to boost further investment in 5G and help operators rapidly expand their networks."
Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT Group, said: “Today’s milestone is a huge achievement in our 5G journey. EE was the first network to launch 5G in the UK and now we’re the first mobile network operator to take the technology to 50% of the UK population. Our ambitions for 5G don’t stop here. We’ll continue to invest in our network to provide our customers with unrivalled connectivity.”
As part of its ongoing network investment, EE has pledged to offer 5G anywhere in the UK by 2028 through its macro network and ‘on demand’ connectivity solutions.
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EE runs the UK's biggest and fastest mobile network, offering superfast connections in more places than any other operator. EE brought the first 4G network to the UK in October 2012, and launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019.
EE has received extensive independent recognition, including being named the UK’s no.1 5G network by RootMetrics® in 2020 and 2021, and the UK's best network every year since 2014 for the following awards: The Mobile Choice Awards, The Mobile Industry Awards and by RootMetrics®.
As well as delivering mobile services to consumers, small and medium businesses, corporate customers and Government programmes, EE also provides home and business broadband using both 4G and fixed line connections.
EE is committed to being number one for service in the industry, and has nearly 600 shops across the UK. EE remains the only mobile provider to answer 100% of customer calls in the UK and Ireland and was recognised as the UK’s Best Large Contact Centre by the UK Customer Experience Awards 2018 and Welsh Contact Centre Awards 2019. EE was awarded The Sunday Times’ Best 100 Companies to Work for in 2018 and 2019, as well as being named Best Employer 2018 by the European Contact Centre & Customer Service awards.
EE is part of BT’s Consumer business unit which provides products and services to all of BT’s consumer customers in the UK.
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