British mobile phone operator EE became the first in UK to launch a high-speed 5G service, however, this service was introduced without smartphone, so customers would need new handset to take advantage of this amazing service.
EE has launched 5G service in six major cities including Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, and Manchester and plans are underway to increase its reach in the next few months across various cities in the UK.
This official launch was announced followed by a performance of the famous rapper Stormzy who performed from a boat on River Thames in London. Reports suggest this commercial launch is much ahead of Europe where the new wireless technology has so far gone live only in Switzerland and in a handful of smaller countries including Monaco, Jersey, and San Marino. This technology has already been launched in the US and South Korea. EE is planning to reach 1,500 sites by the end of 2019, including the busiest parts of Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield.
EE had announced that it would make its 5G network available to the public, however, it would not sell Huawei’s first 5G phone, the Mate 20 X 5G, but will continue to use its 5G network infrastructure equipment.
EE rival giant Vodafone is all set to launch its 5G services on July 3 in seven different cities in the UK, but it has also paused the sale of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G smartphone. Vodafone does not use Huawei in its core UK network but uses a combination of Ericsson and Huawei technology in its radio access network.
Moreover, Huawei faces pushback in some Western markets over fears that Beijing could spy on communications and gain access to critical infrastructure if allowed to develop foreign 5G networks. Google has meanwhile started to cut ties between its Android operating system and Huawei, a move that affects hundreds of millions of smartphone users after the US government announced what amounts to a ban on selling or transferring technology to the company.