The launch of EE’s 5G network in Bristol will help the city council “deliver better public services”, the deputy mayor has said.
EE has switched on 5G today (December 6) and councillor Craig Cheney believes the move will “keep our citizens safe”.
Mr Cheney, who is responsible for finance, governance and performance at Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol has a growing reputation for its thriving digital economy, so we’re very pleased that we are among the first cities in the UK to be connected to 5G.
“Faster and more reliable connectivity will help us deliver better public services, keep our citizens safe and encourage a culture of innovation.”
Bristol joins a number of cities across the UK that will receive EE’s 5G coverage, including London, Birmingham and Cardiff.
EE was the first to launch 5G in the UK when six cities were switched on in May.
Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s consumer division, said: “Switching on 5G in more places is helping us deliver the best mobile experience to our customers, keeping them connected to the things that matter most.”
Paul Coles, BT Group regional director for the South West, added: “We know that demands for data from consumers and businesses are continuing to increase, so the arrival of 5G will ensure Bristol remains one of the most connected and competitive cities in the UK.”
5G is built on top of EE’s 4G network and users will be able to connect to both 4G and 5G at the same time, even in the most crowded areas.
EE says it has 5G in more places in the UK than any other network, and is targeting 5G connectivity in 45 cities and large towns by the end of the year.
Areas of the UK with EE’s 5G
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