EE switches on 5G in three more places in Scotland

5G expands into Dundee
  • Ayr, Dundee and Alexandria are latest towns/cities in Scotland to get connected to EE’s 5G network
  • 13 locations in Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are already connected to EE’s 5G network, which provides faster speeds and higher capacity than 4G
  • Connectivity for top tourist landmarks and coastal locations including the V&A Museum and Burns Cottage are now covered by EE’s award-winning 5G network as lockdown restrictions begin to ease across UK
  • Appetite for 5G technology continues to soar, with EE set to hit one million active 5G customer milestone this month

EE today announces that it has switched on 5G in three more places in Scotland.

Dundee, Ayr and Alexandria have all been connected to the high-speed network as EE adds outdoor 5G coverage to some of Scotland’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations in time for restrictions easing as Scots start to plan their summer breaks.

With more than 133 million day trips and 17 million overnight trips taken in the country every year, the connectivity boost is set to have a significant impact on many of the 15,000 tourism businesses in Scotland. The visitor economy is worth a massive £12 billion to Scotland.

Residents, businesses and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now experience the fast speeds, low latency and increased reliability of EE’s 5G network. Today Alexandria, Ayr and Dundee join 35 other towns and cities to get connected to its 5G network across the UK.

Appetite for 5G technology continues to soar, with EE set to hit one million active 5G customer milestone this month.

Jane Wood, BT Group Nations and Regions Director, said: “It’s fantastic that EE has launched its 5G network in more Scottish locations, connecting further towns and cities 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. Many people will also use a navigation app to find their way around a new place or use a browser on their phone to look up tourist information, so the arrival of 5G here is a timely boost.”

Andrew McRae, the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland policy chair, said: “The last 18 months has underlined just how important good digital connectivity is to local economies up and down Scotland. New improvements in Scottish mobile data infrastructure have to be welcomed, not least because many independent businesses and their customers will benefit.”

EE has already connected a number of places in Scotland to 5G over the past two years, with Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Bellshill, Barrhead, Clydebank, Hamilton, Motherwell and Paisley among those to benefit from the latest mobile network technology.

EE secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable EE to expand its 5G network even further once rolled out into the network.

According to independent tests by RootMetrics, EE’s 5G availability is higher than all other networks in the UK’s four capital cities – Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. In London, availability on EE is more than double that of the second placed operator, almost four times that of the third placed operator and six times greater than the last placed operator.

As EE marks the connectivity of 35 new 5G locations, today EE customers can now enjoy using technology at:

  • V&A Museum, Dundee
  • Brighton Pier
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Norwich Cathedral
  • Paignton Sands
  • Sandbanks Beach, Poole
  • Swansea Maritime Quarter & Swansea Bay
  • York Minster & York Museum Gardens

The 13 other locations across Scotland connected to EE’s 5G network are:

  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Paisley
  • Hamilton
  • Motherwell
  • Cumbernauld
  • Clydebank
  • Barrhead
  • Dundee
  • Ayr
  • Alexandria
  • Bellshill

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