Mobile network operator switches on 5G in more Yorkshire locations

EE has switched on 5G in three more places in Yorkshire – among 35 new towns and cities across the UK to get connected to its 5G network.

Barnsley, Harrogate and York are the latest places in the county to receive the service through EE, with 18 places now connected in total across the Yorkshire and The Humber region.

Attractions and landmarks that will now receive 5G outdoor coverage include York Minster and York Museum Gardens in York; Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley; and Killinghill Moor Country Park in Harrogate.

Marc Allera, CEO consumer division, BT, said: “We’ve announced that we’ve switched on our award-winning 5G network in a further 35 towns and cities across the UK, fulfilling the commitment we set last year to double our 5G place count.

“With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions expected in the coming weeks and months, the increased capacity and faster speeds of our 5G network will ensure our customers stay connected as footfall starts to increase in historically busy places.”

Liz Needleman, BT Group regional lead for the North of England, added: “It’s fantastic that three more places in Yorkshire have received 5G on EE’s network, as we continue to connect more towns and cities to the next generation in mobile network technology.

“With more people set to stay closer to home for short breaks and holidays this year, the fact people will have faster and more reliable connectivity is a real positive.

“Many people will also use a navigation app to find their way around a new place or use a browser on their phone to look up tourist information, so the arrival of 5G in these places is a timely boost.”

EE has already brought 5G services to a number of towns and cities in Yorkshire including Leeds, Pontefract, Sheffield, Shipley and Wakefield.

EE secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable EE to expand and enhance its 5G network even further once rolled out into the network.