In preparation for the summer, EE has announced the switch-on of 5G in 35 UK coastal towns and cities bringing the total place count to 160 across the whole country. Among the locations receiving the upgrade during this round are Brighton Pier, York Minster, Swansea Bay, and Sandbanks Beach. With uncertainty about travelling abroad due to the virus, many Brits will be flocking to the seaside where EE has deployed 5G.
In addition to coastal areas, the firm has deployed 5G in areas that see a lot of traffic driven by football matches including Blackburn, Bolton, Exeter, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Portsmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, York and more.
Commenting on the expansion of 5G, 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.”
With lockdown being partially lifted on Monday and more restrictions gradually being lifted in the coming months, EE is preparing itself for the re-opening of stores. Aside from improving connectivity in seaside and football areas, the company said it would be keeping stores open longer so that it can handle the expected volume of traffic in a safer manner.