EE customers could be about to get access to a radical new service which will bring huge speed improvements and a more reliable signal to their devices.
The mobile network announced its plans to switch on 5G last year with the company revealing a rollout in 16 cities would begin at some point in 2019.
Now it seems an official launch could be just a few weeks away with a number of updates suggesting EE is ready to unleash this next generation network on its customers.
Earlier this week EE announced it would be bringing 5G to the Glastonbury festival with those attending this music event able to give it a try for the first time.
Announcing the news Pete Jeavons, Marketing and Communications Director at BT and EE, said: “Smartphones have become a festival must-have as we’ve seen each year with more and more data being consumed at Glastonbury Festival.
“As the long-standing technology partner to this iconic event, we are committed to building a network powerful enough to cope with this huge demand.
“With the introduction of 5G this year, we are able to trial this new technology at Worthy Farm and make history as the UK’s first 5G-connected festival.”
Although that’s clearly not confirmation that EE is about to switch 5G on across the country there have been other indications that a launch could be imminent.
On EE’s social channels there have been a number of messages sent to customers which suggest June could be an exciting month for those wanting to access 5G.
One message on social media said: “We’re aiming to launch 5G just before Glastonbury, then switching on more 5G sites in more cities from summer onwards.
Another post also revealed that some new 5G-ready devices will also launch soon with EE saying: “We’re working with our partners to bring you devices that support the latest network technology just before the festival season begins.”
Samsung, OnePlus and Oppo are all expected to release new smartphones that will be compatible with 5G in the coming months and all will launch on the EE network.
Express.co.uk has contacted EE about an official 5G launch with a spokesperson from the network saying: “As the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, we plan to launch 5G in the UK this summer, with the first launch cities to include London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.
“We have yet to confirm our official launch date which will be revealed nearer the time. To sign up for the latest 5G information from EE, please register at www.ee.co.uk/5g ”
Expect more 5G news to be revealed in the coming weeks.
HOW MUCH FASTER WILL IT ACTUALLY BE?
Depending on where you are in the country it’s possible to get an average 4G speed of around 20-30Mbps.
That’s as fast as most fixed-line broadband and would allow you to download an HD movie in around 20 minutes.
If you are very lucky, it is possible to get 4G speeds of around 400Mbps although this isn’t something many consumers will have ever experienced.
5G takes things to a new level with average speeds expected to exceed 100Mbps.
It’s also very likely that some users will experience speeds nearing 1Gbps with an HD movie downloading in under 40 seconds.