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EE’s 5G launch transforms UK from “laggard to leader”

EE has announced the launch of what it’s calling the UK’s first 5G services for businesses. The portfolio of products includes a network - which is anticipated to go live at the end of this month - alongside six new 5G smartphones and devices.

The network will see an initial roll-out in six cities across the UK, with an expected increase to ten by the end of this year. Sites involved in the first phase are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.

The network will use band n78 - which was auctioned earlier this year -, and will be built on top of EE’s existing 4G offering. The busiest sites in the UK will feature five 4G carriers supporting 5G. EE anticipates an increase in speed for those using the network of around 100-150Mbps even in busy areas, with some achieving 1Gbps.

The devices - which will be provided by manufacturers including OnePlus, Oppo and LG - will be based on the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, alongside the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and Qualcomm Technologies' RF front-end (RFFE) solutions.

EE are also launching a variety of 5G business mobile plans, including both SIM only and ‘mobile sharer’ models. Prices, as quoted by the company, will start at £45 a month for 10BG of data.

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