Cardiff set to become one of the UK’s first 5G cities

Cardiff will become one of the UK’s first cities to get access to 5G connectivity, it has been confirmed.

Last week, EE announced it’s switching on 5G in sixteen British cities next year.  Along with the Welsh capital, they include locations like London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.

The telecoms giant is currently building 5G infrastructure in six launch cities, including Hyde Park in London, Manchester Arena, Belfast City Airport, the Welsh Assembly, Edinburgh Waverly train station and Birmingham’s Bullring.

To showcase the power of the technology, EE will launch its 5G network with multiple smartphone partners and a 5G Home router with an external antenna.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “Adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network will increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most.

“This is another milestone for the UK and for our network journey – we’ll keep evolving as we move to one, smart network for our customers. We have an ambition to connect our customers to 4G, 5G or WiFi 100% of the time.”

In October, a group of technology experts was appointed to map out the strategy for 5G infrastructure development and rollout across Wales.

Over the next few years, they will support the wider 5G ecosystem in the UK and help to position Wales as a world leader in the development of 5G.

Simon Gibson CBE is chairing the group, which brings together representatives from the academic, scientific, industrial and technology sectors.

He said: “The potential of 5G is significant and presents a timely opportunity for Wales to improve economic performance, people’s quality of life and the connectivity of our communities.

“The creation of this specialist group has been formed to ensure Wales is able to take advantage of the benefits created by 5G and establish areas where Wales can demonstrate original thinking and capitalise upon the resulting innovations.”