EE launching the first United Kingdom 5G network on May 30

Kelley Robertson
May 23, 2019

Out of EE announced its ready to launch its next generation network on May 30, beating rival telecom Vodafone who scheduled its 5G launch for July 3.

Previously, the USA warned Britain that it may end intelligence cooperation between the two countries, prompting the United Kingdom to deny Huawei access to establishing its 5G telecommunication network due to espionage accusations against the Chinese company.

"Although being the first United Kingdom network to launch 5G will mean little to consumers, EE clearly see it as an important honor", he said. "We're upgrading more than 100 sites to 5G every month from today to connect more places to what 5G can enable".

Average speeds at launch would be about 200Mbps, five times faster than typical top 4G speeds, while EE said smartphone tariffs would range from 54 pounds ($68) a month for 10GB of data to 74 pounds a month for 120GB.

It's worth pointing out that, as of writing, the EE website still sells products like the Huawei P30 that would also suffer if the Android restrictions go ahead.

The first devices EE will offer on its 5G plans include the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Oppo Reno 5G, the LG V50 ThinQ, a 5G home router and an HTC Wi-Fi device.

Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton are pencilled in to get 5G connectivity in 2020.

The plan is for it to reach 1,500 sites by the end of 2019.

As a result, Google ceased providing Android updates to Huawei and banning new Chinese devices from using Google services, such as YouTube and Maps.

Britain had given the green light for the launch, which will see six cities including London, Cardiff and Edinburgh switched on next week and another 10 by the end of the year, he added.

Matthew Howett, a mobile analyst with research firm Assembly, said: "To convince consumers to make the leap from 4G to 5G, it's important to communicate that it's more than just about speed".

"This is the start of the UK's 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections". BT, specifically, first began sourcing kit from Huawei in 2003, and the Chinese kit-maker has since been an equipment supplier for access network kit both on the incumbent telco's fixed and mobile networks. 5G SIM-only plans will be available from 20GB per month (£32 per month) and rising to 100GB (£52 per month).

This will have a negative impact on 5G consumer takeup in the short term.

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