BBC attempts UK’s first live 5G broadcast… and it didn’t go to plan


Provider EE rolled out the super-fast mobile internet in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester today – and some people were impressed by the speed.

But when BBC News went live using its 5G network, viewers were met with glitchy patches and even a completely blank, grey screen.

A BBC reporter bragged: “Britain’s first commercial #5G mobile phone network launches today and we’re using it for our broadcast!! Historic moment”.

But after seeing the clip, one user of social media wrote: “The future is here and it’s a bit crap.”

THE BBC attempted the UK’s first ever live 5G broadcast today – but it didn’t go to plan.


FAIL: The broadcast started off okay, but quickly deteriorated (Pic: BBC)

Another added: ”I saw this too. Still laughing. Yet mugs will rush out to buy it!”

The presenter was forced to apologise to viewers saying: “I’ll have to interrupt you because bizarrely the 5G line isn’t working properly”. 

However, other users of social media said they were able to stream high definition video and there were fewer delays when they made video calls.

The superfast mobile internet was launched by EE, around a month before rival Vodafone plans to switch on its 5G service.

BLOTCHY: The screen went completely grey at one point (Pic: BBC)

Only a small number of special 5G phones can pick it up, including the Samsung Galaxy S10, One Plus 7 Pro 5G, Oppo Reno 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G.

The new EE network only covers restricted areas of the selected cities – but there are plans to make it wide-reaching across the UK.

By the end of the year, EE said it will bring it to 10 other cities, including Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

“5G is here,” EE declared today, “experience a more reliable connection in the busiest places, speeds like you’ve never seen before and a near-instant connection”.

MAPPED: EE plan to bring 5G to ten cities by the end of the year (Pic: EE)

It added: “5G is the next generation of mobile network technology.

“It will improve your mobile experience and help you enjoy faster internet speeds, a more reliable data connection in busy places, and a near-instant connection when opening apps and websites, playing games or connecting to your smart home devices.

“But 5G is not a replacement for 4G. It simply adds another layer to our network to provide you with a faster, smoother and better mobile experience.”


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