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From JAMIE.GOODWIN@HULLCC.GOV.UK | Tuesday 13 November 2018

Mobile operator EE picks city for 2019 roll-out of ultrafast multi-Gigabit technology.

Hull is aiming to become one of the country’s leading smart cities.

Hull is one of 16 cities chosen by mobile operator EE for the first roll-out of 5G technology.

The ultrafast multi-Gigabit capable 5G mobile and wireless home broadband technology is due to be launched next year.

Phase one will be launched in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh – the UK’s capital cities – plus Birmingham and Manchester.

Hull is among the 10 locations planned for phase two, alongside Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Bristol and Glasgow.

The 5G technology has higher download speeds than the 4G, 3G and 2G systems it succeeds.

Hull has previously been named as the UK’s best for full-fibre broadband coverage, while it also aims to become one of the country’s leading smart cities.

EE said it will launch with multiple smartphone partners, as well as an EE 5G Home router with external antenna, to showcase the power of 5G for broadband.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “Adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network will increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most. This is another milestone for the UK and for our network journey – we’ll keep evolving as we move to one, smart network for our customers. We have an ambition to connect our customers to 4G, 5G or WiFi 100 per cent of the time.”

Read more about digital connectivity in the region here.