The 5G revolution is picking up pace with all of the UK’s major mobile networks announcing their plans for super fast technology.
5G looks set to replace the current 4G signal and will offer download speeds of around 1Gbps which is 600 times faster than the UK average.
Although there’s been plenty of talk of 5G it’s still not readily available in the UK but that’s changing.
EE has today announced that nine 5G trial sites are now live across East London.
The trial will go on to assess the customer experience of the new 5G spectrum.
EE’s nine test sites in East London cover Provost Street, City Road, Central Street, Old Street, Cheapside, St Paul’s, Finsbury Circus Garden, Clerkenwell Street and Bartholomew Square.
Businesses and consumers in these areas are being invited to join the trial, which will first use 5G as an alternative to their fixed broadband.
As well as these sites in East London, EE is also currently trialling live 5G in Canary Wharf, and new device functionality is being tested in the state-of-the-art Borehamwood test lab.
EE says it aims to be the UK’s first mobile network to offer consumers and businesses 5G, and the 5G network is being launched in 2019 in the busiest parts of the UK’s busiest cities.
However, installing this latest technology isn’t straightforward with EE admitting that the upgrade is challenging.
Howard Watson, BT CTIO, said: “Deploying this brand new layer of our EE mobile network is far from straightforward, and this trial has helped us to understand – and learn how to overcome – the significant challenges that we’ll face in the coming years.
“We’re also learning about the coverage we can achieve with 5G New Radio on our new 3.4GHz spectrum, both indoors and in densely cluttered streets.”
Along with EE announcing 5G news, Three Mobile has also revealed more plans about its network.
Three says it has completed a number of key steps in its network improvement programme, as part of a wider £2bn+ infrastructure investment, in preparation for the advent of 5G.
5G technology will provide the capacity to meet the anticipated future demand for data, with UK consumers expected to be using 13 times more mobile data in 2025 than today.
Chief executive officer at Three, Dave Dyson, said: “We have always led on mobile data and 5G is another game-changer.
Also described as wireless fibre, 5G delivers a huge increase in capacity together with ultra-low latency.
“It opens up new possibilities in home broadband and industrial applications, as well as being able to support the rapid growth in mobile data usage.
“This is a major investment into the UK’s digital infrastructure. UK consumers have an insatiable appetite for data and 5G unlocks significant capability to meet that demand.
“We have been planning our approach to 5G for many years and we are well positioned to lead on this next generation of technology.
“These investments are the latest in a series of important building blocks to deliver the best end to end data experience for our customers.”