BT will switch on its 5G services during the autumn, rolling the super-fast network out across 16 cites by the end of 2019
5G is coming. Are you ready? BT, who owns EE, is fully up and ready for the next phase of mobile data – AKA 5G. BT notified the press today that it will begin rolling out 5G in the UK around the time autumn kicks off.
According to BT, the first 16 cities to get BT 5G coverage in the UK will be as follows: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
As noted, BT owns EE, so the service and coverage should be exactly the same as EE’s, once that starts rolling out in earnest across the UK.
BT 5G Network Roll Out Date? No Exact Dates…
BT says its 5G network will be live from the start of autumn. However, it has not confirmed where and when exactly…
The most likely launch cities are London, Birmingham, and Manchester, as they’re the biggest places. Edinburgh is a solid potential too, as BT will be keen to have coverage across the border as well.
From here, you can expect a full roll-out of BT’s 5G services before the end of 2019 in all major UK cities.
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “We’re bringing together the best fibre and mobile connections to help keep our customers connected, both on the go and at home. Launching 5G for BT customers will give them the opportunity to experience the fastest mobile speeds in the busiest areas of the UK, and our BT Plus customers will have the first opportunity to sign up for 5G.”
BT Plus Members Get First Dibs…
Once BT’s 5G service starts rolling out, BT Plus customers will be first in line for the services. This applies to both consumers and businesses. The big deal here, however, is that BT is pitching its 5G services as a “converged mobile and broadband” package.
“From autumn,” said BT, “5G will be available for BT and BT business customers and will provide a more reliable experience and higher speeds in high demand, crowded areas at peak times. 5G works alongside the UK’s fastest 4G network and biggest WiFi network to help consumers and businesses stay connected, wherever they are and whatever they need to do.”
BT invites interested parties to register their interest in 5G plans here.
Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.