We have known for a while that EE and BT Mobile were working on getting their 5G services up and running next year but now we have some solid details on how the network intents to get everything done.
It will start with a premium mobile experience launching in 16 UK cities. Of course, London is one of those cities and so far, EE has revealed that Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester will get the next gen mobile network before the end of next year.
In the second wave of implementation other major metropolitan areas of the country will be covered including: Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Hull
On the recent Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit, BT/EE Group Executive Advisor on 5G Fotis Karonis revealed that EE is conducting hardware 5G trials which have to occur before on-locations trials, but soon some areas of East London will be tried for on-location trials due to the level of foot traffic they receive. Some of these sites are: Provost Street, Finsbury Circus Garden, Clerkenwell Street and Bartholomew Square among others.
Despite of the many benefits this technology will have, the downside is that EE will charge extra for the 5G connection and in the beginning, it will be mainly for customers who wants best of the best.
5G in 2019 will be about delivering the best mobile experience you ever had in getting the best speeds and connection. EE has clarified that the investment in 5G technology doesn’t mean that the network is willing to neglect the 4G infrastructure nodding how the two are complementary technologies. Because 4G is essentially the foundation layer of 5G, EE will continue to invest in these services.
The first 5G handsets are expected to be announced during the beginning of 2019.
Vodafone has also confirmed intents to launch commercial 5G services next year to coincide with the launch of the 5G phones, while O2 and three are sticking to their original 2020 launch plan.