- Aberdeen, Barrhead, Stirling, Clydebank, Bellshill, Cumbernauld, Paisley, and Motherwell are the latest locations in Scotland to receive 5G on the EE network
- EE is now live in 10 cities and towns across Scotland, including Edinburgh and Glasgow which went live in May 2019
- EE has now launched its new 5G service in a total of 112 towns and cities across the UK, more than any other operator
- All EE pay monthly smartphone plans provide 5G access as standard, allowing customers to make the most from the latest smartphones in even more places
EE has switched on 5G coverage in Aberdeen, Barrhead, Stirling, Clydebank, Bellshill, Cumbernauld, Paisley, and Motherwell, allowing more customers in Scotland to receive the latest mobile network technology.
The eight places join more than 30 new towns and cities, since May, across the UK that can now access 5G from EE. It also brings the total number of places across Scotland connected to 5G on the company’s network to 10.
The company, part of BT Group, launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 and has now expanded to 112 towns and cities across the UK. The eight new locations are among the first places in Scotland to receive the next-generation mobile technology, following the first sites going live in the region last year.
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said: “Delivering the best mobile experience for our customers has never been more important. Our 5G rollout continues apace, with our engineer’s building and upgrading new sites every day to bring the latest mobile technology to even more people in the places they need it. We have 5G coverage in more places than anyone in the UK, and we remain focused on connecting many more areas this year and beyond.”
Alan Lees, BT’s Enterprise unit Scotland regional director, said:
“It’s great to see more places in Scotland benefit from 5G. The new technology will enable a faster, more reliable mobile connection, helping a range of sectors.
“We know that demands for data from consumers and businesses are continuing to increase, so the arrival of 5G in more places in the region will make sure it’s ahead of the game in terms of connectivity and competitiveness.”
Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scotland’s Connectivity Minister, said:
“The challenges we’ve all faced this year show how digital communications play a crucial role in connecting people, communities, and businesses, and we welcome this announcement of EE’s 5G service in Aberdeen, Stirling, and Paisley.
“The Scottish Government’s 5G Strategy recognises that this technology could become a key driver of economic growth in the years to come and will enable more innovation in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, and construction.
“We have also established our Scotland 5G Centre to help us facilitate further investment and deploy this technology across the country.”
Network insights from EE show that the top three uses of its 5G network today are video streaming, social networking, and web browsing, with YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, and Instagram taking the top spots as the most used service providers. 5G download throughput* on EE’s 5G network is twice as fast as 4G, giving the best experience yet, whether watching videos, gaming, or catching up with friends and family.
Independent testing by RootMetrics found EE’s 5G network to be the no.1 in the UK, offering 5G in more places than any other UK network. According to the tests, EE’s 5G offers the best combination of fast speeds and coverage, with the highest 5G availability in all 16 major UK cities tested. When combined with EE’s range of the latest smartphones from the world’s leading manufacturers, and EE’s award-winning smartphone plans, customers can experience the best of 5G.