EE is the sole UK operator with 5G availability above 55% in any city

Independent tests from RootMetrics reported that EE is the sole UK operator with 5G availability above 55 percent in any city.

Compared to last year, EE managed to improve its 5G availability in 13 cities. Furthermore, the operator has the overall highest 5G availability in 14 out of 16 cites.

And it’s not just availability where EE shines in RootMetrics’ report; with the network’s median 5G download speeds also increasing in 14 cities.

In fact, the UK’s largest operator by mobile subscribers can boast everyday 5G availability above 55 percent in four major cities: Birmingham (64.6 percent), Nottingham (63.9 percent), Manchester (59.4 percent), Leicester (57.8 percent), and Cardiff (55.8 percent).

Best mobile experience

Marc Allera, CEO of the Consumer Division at EE-owner BT, said: “Delivering the best mobile experience for our customers is our number one priority, and 5G has a huge role to play in that.”

He added that “Today’s results not only show our superiority in the industry, but also significant improvements since last year, reflecting the continued investment we’re making to deliver 5G to more places and people.”

The results put EE on-track to achieve the goal it set itself last month to grow its 5G network to cover half of the country’s population by early 2023, and offer 5G connectivity everywhere in the UK by 2028.

In Glasgow, Vodafone achieved the fastest 5G median download speed of any operator of 192.2 Mbps. All but one of Vodafone’s everyday 5G median download speeds were a minimum of 100 Mbps.

Highest median 5G download speed

When concentrating on just central London, Vodafone once again posted the highest median 5G download speed of an incredible 221 Mbps. EE led the way in this region in terms of availability with a median of 95.3 percent.

“Our latest research shows that 5G in the UK is becoming faster and more easily available. EE is comfortably ahead of the pack in terms of offering widespread everyday 5G availability coupled with fast speeds, but other operators are improving,” Patrick Linder, CMO at RootMetrics by IHS Markit noted.