EE switches on 5G in Stafford
EE has switched on 5G in Stafford, allowing more customers in the area to receive the latest mobile network technology.
The town is one of 12 new areas across the UK announced by EE to get 5G and becomes the third place in Staffordshire to receive 5G on its network, following Rugeley and Lichfield.
Other towns announced today include Aberdeen, Aldershot, Barrhead, Blackpool, Castleford, Crawley, Mirfield, Oxford, Porthcawl, Shipley and Warwick.
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.
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.”
Wendy Sycamore, BT Group regional lead for the Midlands, said: “It’s great to see Stafford join Rugeley and Lichfield in being able to benefit from 5G on EE’s network. 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 Staffordshire will make sure it’s ahead of the game in terms of connectivity and competitiveness.”
Julia Jessel, Staffordshire County Council’s infrastructure leader, said: “5G coverage in Staffordshire is essential to the county’s ongoing prosperity – increasing opportunities, jobs, productivity and future investment. As a county council we are working hard with partners to ensure Staffordshire businesses and residents benefit from these national and international technological advances.
“Together with superfast and ultrafast broadband rollout on which we’re collaborating with commercial partners, 5G brings the connectivity to Staffordshire needed now and, in the future, particularly as our economy recovers from the pandemic.
“I’m delighted then to see Stafford follow Rugeley and Lichfield in receiving the service and further enhance our county’s reputation as an attractive place to live, work and invest.”
Network insights from EE show that the top three uses of its 5G network today are video streaming, social networking and web browsing, with YouTube, Netflix, Facebook and Instagram taking the top spots as the most used service providers.