First 5G cities in UK named by EE (Mid 2019)

  1. __AK__ Gingerbread Nov 13, 2018

    __AK__, Nov 13, 2018 :
    EE has announced which six UK cities will be the first to get faster 5G mobile networks.

    Building on existing trials, EE will turn on 5G in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester by mid-2019.

    By the end of 2019, another 10 cities will get EE networks which could transmit data at speeds faster than 10 gigabits per second.

    Other UK networks are now trialling 5G to accelerate their rollout next year.

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    When 5G networks are operating, Britons can expect higher speeds and better reliability, said Marc Allera, head of the consumer division at EE-owner BT, in a statement.

    "We have an ambition to connect our customers to 4G, 5G or wi-fi 100% of the time," said Mr Allera.

    He suggested that customers would "pay a little more" for 5G because of its speed and responsiveness.

    The other 10 cities will be Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

    Vodafone, O2 and Three are all running trials of the futuristic network technology and are using these as a test bed while they develop services.

    In early November, Three said it was well into work to prepare its network for 5G by boosting capacity and installing hardware that will work with existing and faster, future networks.

    Vodafone said its trial in Manchester was now part of its "commercial network" and similar sites in five other cities would soon start. It has given no date for when it would offer a 5G service.

    O2's test systems are based around the O2 arena in London and it is also running other trials in locations around the UK. It has written to every company in the UK FTSE 100 inviting them to join tests of how the new mobile tech could help their businesses.

    The announcement comes soon after the government wrote to UK telecoms firms warning those building 5G networks to take care when selecting which hardware they use.

    The letter, reported in the Financial Times, said a review of hardware used for the UK's national infrastructure started in July could delay any rollout.

    It said the review could place limits on how much equipment firms could use from Chinese electronics firm Huawei.

    Huawei has been stopped in Australia and the US from being used for 5G networks.

    Source: BBC

  2. Intruder71 KitKat Nov 13, 2018

    Intruder71, Nov 13, 2018 :
    The last sentence has been a pain for comms companies here and the US for a couple of years, BT under huge pressure to drop Huawei,difficult since most of their backbone is based on Huawei equipment... Another total mess looming and probably be problematic for 5g rollout .

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  3. __AK__ Gingerbread Nov 13, 2018

    __AK__, Nov 13, 2018 :
    Any reason why they are being pressured to drop Huawei?

  4. Intruder71 KitKat Nov 14, 2018

    Intruder71, Nov 14, 2018 :
    Chinese snooping

  5. Gav_W86 Starting Point Expert Nov 16, 2018

    Gav_W86, Nov 16, 2018 :
    or American paranoia/business interests.
    The NSA hacked a backdoor into Huawei network equipment to monitor for any signs of ties to the Chinese govt/army, and yet there has been no actual evidence presented that backs up the accusations. Surely if it was there it is not going to be that hard to prove it is sending data to China?!

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  8. Ricehead Cupcake Dec 28, 2018

    Ricehead, Dec 28, 2018 :
    If there are somewhat legitimate concerns over using Huawei hardware, what are the alternatives? Pretty much everything is going to come out of China. If vendors around the world switch manufacturers surely the Chinese government would just approach that company. It's like trying to escape a fire in your house by running into a different room...

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