Portsmouth joins select group to be connected to 5G network of mobile phone firm EE
A MOBILE phone company today announced it has switched on 5G in Portsmouth, as the city joins 34 other places to get connected to its 5G network across the UK.
EE has added outdoor 5G coverage to some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations as lockdown restrictions start to ease and attractions begin to reopen from next week.
Portsmouth attractions and landmarks that will receive 5G outdoor coverage include Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victoria Park and Milton Common.
The city also becomes only the second place in Hampshire to get connected to EE’s 5G network, following Aldershot last year.
Residents, businesses and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now benefit from the fast speeds and increased reliability of EE’s 5G network.
Marc Allera, CEO consumer division, BT, said: ‘We’ve announced that we’ve switched on our award-winning 5G network in a further 35 towns and cities across the UK, fulfilling the commitment we set last year to double our 5G place count.
‘With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions expected in the coming weeks and months, the increased capacity and faster speeds of our 5G network will ensure our customers stay connected as footfall starts to increase in historically busy places.’
Jane Thomas, BT Group regional lead for the south east, said: ‘It’s fantastic that EE has launched its 5G network in Portsmouth, connecting more people to the next generation in mobile network technology.
‘With more people set to stay closer to home for short breaks and holidays this year, the fact people will have faster and more reliable connectivity is a real positive. We know how important it is for people to keep in touch with family and friends, post updates on social media, use a navigation app to find their way around a new place, or browse tourist information on their phone, so the arrival of 5G here is a timely boost.’