London reacts to launch of EE's 5G network

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by Josh Peachey

The telecoms company EE has launched the UK's first 5G network today in London and five other launch cities. 

Early roll-outs of 5G will not produce speeds anywhere near as high as the technology has the potential to offer.

According to EE, users of the network at the time of launch will see average speeds of around 150-200Mbps - far below the 20Gbps that 5G could eventually enable.

This six cities in the UK which are taking part in the launch today are London, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

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

For those who are unsure, here's a breakdown of what 5G is...

  • What is 5G?

5G is a much faster and more reliable network that enables smart devices to download things quicker, load apps and pages faster and stream videos more seamlessly. 

  • Which networks can you get 5G on?

Currently, only EE. Vodafone is planning to launch their 5G network in the coming weeks and no doubt others will follow. O2 will later this year.

  • Can I use the 5G network on my current phone?

Probably not. There are a select number of phones which are currently 5G-enabled. Apple isn't expected to release a 5G-enabled phone until late 2020.

Whilst a number of manufacturers are scheduled to release 5G enabled phones later this year, the only phone which is available now is the OnePlus 7Pro 5G. 

  • What happens if I keep using 4G?

You can still use 4G on your smartphones and networks say that they will continue to make improvements to the 4G network. 


Here's what people are saying on Twitter about the launch of 5G...

A star-studded launch

Last night, Stormzy performed a gig for the launch which was available to stream via 5G.

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The BBC were excited to broadcast via 5G...

The crew were using the same hardware, but instead of multiple SIMs on different networks, they only needed one single 5G SIM.

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We've all witnessed that frustrating feeling when your data runs out.

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3G, 4G and now 5G?

Some are keen to point out that they understand how this works...

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For all you music lovers...

Having 5G will massively improve the time it takes to download an album. Wireless Industry Analyst Ben Wood did a comparison between 4G and the new 5G.

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Some people are holding off for now...

Many are expected to hold off rushing to buy a 5G-enabled phone until the coverage improves. Probably a smart move.

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