Boost for connectivity
EE to launch next generation 5G tech in Edinburgh
Investment in 5G should improve connectivity
EE, the mobile network, has announced that Edinburgh is among the six cities chosen for the first phase of its 5G launch.
It joins the UK’s other capital cities – London, Cardiff and Belfast – as well as Birmingham and Manchester for the roll-out of next generation data connectivity.
Sixteen cities, including Glasgow, will next year get 5G which promises to make a difference by providing a more reliable data connection even in the biggest crowds.
EE, owned by BT, will launch with multiple smartphone partners, as well as an EE 5G Home router with external antenna, to showcase the power of 5G for broadband.
Michael Matheson, Scottish Government Minister for Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: “We know that demands for even more data will increase and this is why we have committed to developing a forward-looking strategy on 5G.
“We have recently awarded a contract for the Scottish 4G Infill Programme in which we will invest up to £25 million to deliver masts and 4G mobile services in selected mobile ‘notspots’ throughout Scotland.”
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division, said: “Our 5G trials are going well, giving us valuable insight into both the performance of the new technology and the challenges of upgrading sites with this new equipment.
“We’re confident that we can bring 5G to the busiest parts of Edinburgh and the UK in 2019. We’ll start with the busiest ‘hotspots’, meeting the greatest demand from our customers, and keep upgrading in more places from there.”