EE Network_Birmingham Christmas Market
  • EE adds 150 new UK locations to its 5G network
  • Birmingham, Belfast and Edinburgh among existing locations to benefit from enhancements to 5G
  • Whether Christmas shopping on a mobile or browsing festive market stalls, all new locations meet EE’s unique quality standards for announcing 5G coverage

EE has upgraded 5G coverage across the UK in time for the traditionally busy festive shopping period. With many Christmas markets opening for the first time since Covid, high streets are expecting an increase in festive shoppers, providing a welcome boost to small traders and their customers, who rely on a fast, reliable network to support contactless payments. Among the latest locations to receive coverage as part of a UK wide expansion of the network is Padstow, rated as the best Christmas market for food. Other locations boasting the best Christmas Markets, as rated by the Radio Times, to receive EE’s 5G boost ahead of the festive period include:

  • Birmingham (home to the Frankfurt Christmas market)
  • Edinburgh (home to the Edinburgh Christmas Market)
  • Nottingham (home to Winter Wonderland)
  • London Hyde Park (home to Winter Wonderland)
  • Manchester (home to various Christmas markets)
  • Bath (home of Bath Christmas Market)
  • Newcastle (home of Newcastle Christmas market)
  • Padstow (home of the Padstow Christmas Festival)
  • Belfast (home of the Belfast Continental Christmas market)
  • Lincoln (home of Lincoln Christmas market)

EE has also added more than 150 new locations to its 5G network. 5G is now delivering faster mobile network speeds to communities beyond dense urban areas, allowing a growing number of towns to benefit. and EE remains the only network to apply coverage criteria before announcing a new location, ensuring customers can trust 5G coverage is available across a significant proportion of any announced location. The 150 new locations include:

In England:

  • Kettering
  • Retford
  • Saltford
  • Scunthorpe
  • Carlisle
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • Crewe

In Scotland:

  • Buckhaven
  • Cowdenbeath
  • Gorebridge
  • Saltcoats
  • Portlethen
  • Banchory
  • Ratho

In Wales:

  • Milford Haven
  • Pontypridd
  • Pencoed
  •  Ebbw Vale
  • Whitland
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Pentyrch

EE’s coverage checker provides full information on EE’s local coverage.

Greg McCall, Chief Networks Officer, BT Group, said: “There is nothing like the sights and smells of a Christmas market. This year, with more people expected to visit some of the nation’s major destinations, ensuring the availability of high capacity, super-fast connectivity is crucial for customers and traders alike. As we continue to invest in and expand our 5G network, we’re thrilled to be powering Christmas market destinations across more of the UK.”



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