5G is here – experience a more reliable connection in the busiest places, speeds like you’ve never seen before and a near-instant connection
How Does 5G Work?
Whether you’re making a call, sending a text or connecting to the internet, all wireless communications take place over radio frequencies. 5G mainly uses higher frequencies than 4G – and these frequencies are faster and can carry more information. 5G will also support more devices – or SmartThings – being used at the same time.
A 5G network can also be ‘sliced’, which means operators like EE can ‘slice’ parts of the network and dedicate them to specific tasks. For example, one part of the network can be used for phones connecting to the internet and another part can be used for driverless cars.
When will 5G roll out in the UK?
EE: Available Now – Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, London and Manchester with 10 more getting 5G during 2019.
O2: Summer 2019, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
3: August 2019, London, then 24 more during 2019.
Vodafone: 3rd July 2019, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, then 12 more during 2019.
How to use 5G?
In order to use 5G, you’ll need to get a brand new 5G phone. With EE, you get the best choice of 5G phones and we’ll launch with a wider range than any other UK network.
You’ll also need one of our next generation Smart Plans. Our 5G Smart Plans are the best in our range – packed with added benefits.
Has 5G launched anywhere else in the world?
Yes, but to a limited extent. For example, like the UK, the USA has taken baby steps towards customers testing 5G. In April, Verizon began to deploy its 5G mobile network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis but with a catch – users will need a 5G-ready phone. At this point in time, users have access to only one 5G-ready device. Similarly, in South Korea, mobile operators are also rolling out 5G with limited coverage.
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