BT Group’s mobile arm EE has announced the deployment of 2100MHz frequencies for 5G use at sites that were previously used to provide 3G signals. According to the operator, the upgrade will provide ‘an enhanced 5G smartphone experience for customers, ensuring that they get improved indoor coverage, as well as more 5G capacity in busy areas’. Upgrades are initially taking place in 14 of the UK’s cities, those being: Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Chesterfield, Eastbourne, Kilmarnock, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newport, Perth, Scunthorpe and Wellingborough.
Alongside the network enhancements, EE also announced that it has extended 5G coverage to 14 new towns and cities, namely: Bedford, Bradford, Bridgend, Carlisle, Dewsbury, East Kilbride, Hemel Hempstead, Kidderminster, Luton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newport, Peterborough, Southampton and Sutton in Ashfield.
Commenting, Christian Thrane, Managing Director of Consumer Marketing at EE, said: ‘To provide customers with the best smartphone experience, we are continually upgrading and expanding our 5G network. By increasing capacity, our customers will get faster speeds and an even more reliable experience. When combined with the enhanced benefits and services our great new pay monthly packages offer – then for those planning to get a new 5G smartphone, the message is simple: there’s only one UK network that offers the best smartphone experience.’
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