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EE switches on 5G in Porthcawl

5G will make it easier to stream content and make video calls on the move

EE has switched on 5G in Porthcawl, allowing customers in the town to receive the latest mobile network technology.

The company, part of BT Group, launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 and has now expanded to a total of 112 towns and cities across the UK.

Cardiff became one of the first cities in the UK to receive 5G when it was launched there in May last year alongside London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

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.”

Nick Speed, BT Group’s Director in Wales, said: “It’s great to see Porthcawl being among the first locations in Wales to get 5G. The new technology will enable a faster, more reliable mobile connection for consumers and businesses in the town.

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

Bridgend County Borough Council leader Huw David said: “We’re pleased that Porthcawl is among the first locations in Wales to be connected to 5G.

“The challenges we have all faced this year has meant digital communications have taken on an even more important role. I am sure that 5G will offer a number of new opportunities for people who live and work in Porthcawl. The fact EE has switched on its 5G network here is a huge positive, especially given the upcoming regeneration of Porthcawl’s waterfront area and the plans to provide Porthcawl with an all-new bus terminus as part of the South East Wales Metro Plus initiative.”

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. 5G download throughput* on EE’s 5G network is twice as fast as 4G, giving the best experience yet, whether watching video, gaming or catching up with friends and family.