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EE extends 5G network in Kent and Essex

  • Minster-In-Thanet is the latest town in Kent to receive 5G on the EE network, alongside Wickford, Brentwood and Waltham Abbey in Essex
  • They are among more than 30 locations announced by EE, since May, that will receive the latest 5G technology
  • EE is already live in several towns across Kent including Dartford, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Maidstone
  • The new locations bring the total number of places across Essex connected to 5G on the company’s network to seven
  • EE has now launched its new 5G service in a total of 112 towns and cities across the UK, more than any other operator

EE has switched on 5G in Minster-In-Thanet, Wickford, Brentwood and Waltham Abbey, allowing more customers in Kent and Essex to receive the latest mobile network technology.

The locations join more than 30 new towns and cities across the UK, since May, that can now access 5G from EE. It also brings the total number of places across Kent connected to 5G on the company’s network to six, and the total number of places across Essex connected to seven.

EE, part of BT Group, launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 and has now expanded to 112 towns and cities across the UK. The new towns are among the first places in Kent and Essex to receive the next generation mobile technology, following the first sites going live last year.

Adam Bryan, Chief Executive Officer, South East Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“This is such an important milestone in realising our digital ambitions. 5G technology could become a key driver of economic growth in the years to come and will enable more innovation in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and construction.

“The challenges we have all faced this year has meant digital communications have taken on an even more important role. We’re hopeful that 5G will bring in a new era for the region and the fact EE has switched on its 5G network here in some towns, is a huge positive.”

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said:

“Delivering the best mobile experience for our customers has never been more important. Our 5G rollout continues apace, with our engineers building and upgrading new sites every day to bring the latest mobile technology to even more people in the places they need it. We have 5G coverage in more places than anyone in the UK, and we remain focused on connecting many more areas this year and beyond.”

Neil Aitken, BT Group regional lead for the South East, said:

“It’s great to see more places in Kent benefit from 5G. The new technology will enable a faster, more reliable mobile connection, helping a range of sectors.

“We know that demands for data from consumers and businesses are continuing to increase, so the arrival of 5G in more places in the region will make sure it’s ahead of the game in terms of connectivity and competitiveness.”