Cardiff among first UK cities to get 5G

Cardiff has become one of the first cities in the UK to get 5G connectivity.

Last week, EE turned on its 5G network in the Welsh capital along with London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.

EE said the network offers speeds of around 100-150Mbps, even in the busiest areas, and increased reliability and connectivity.

As of last week, customers and businesses can order a range of 5G devices from the telecoms giant – including smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Oppo.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “This is the start of the UK’s 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections.

“We’ve started with 5G in some of the busiest parts of the UK, the widest range of 5G devices in the UK, and plans that give customers the best mobile connection and great benefits.”

With its 5G network finally live, EE plans to roll out the technology to Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow over the coming months.

In 2020, the firm will extend coverage to Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton.

Allera continued: “We’re adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network to increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most.

“5G will create new experiences with augmented reality, make our customers’ lives easier, and help launch entirely new businesses that we haven’t even imagined. We’re upgrading more than 100 sites to 5G every month from today to connect more places to what 5G can enable.

“Our partnerships with Google and Niantic are just the start of our commitment to work with the most innovative and exciting companies in the world to ensure that EE customers are the first to benefit from the exciting new experiences that 5G will bring.”