UK debuts 5G with Huawei devices
UK-based carrier EE turned on Britain's first commercial 5G network across six cities using Huawei wireless devices, Shanghai Daily learned on Friday.
5G now covers Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. About 450,000 people have applied for 5G connections.
Speed is 150 to 200 megabytes per second, with a peak speed of 980 Mbps, 20 to 50 times faster than the current 4G network.
The BBC also made the world’s first live broadcast on a 5G network. Huawei’s devices were seen during the broadcast.
Vodafone will begin 5G services soon, again using Huawei devices.
Huawei has obtained 40 contracts, 25 from Europe.
The US has pushed hard for a ban on Huawei in Europe for "security" reasons, but offered no evidence. Huawei’s 5G devices are “nearly irresistible” for price and technology advantages, media reported including the Washington Post.
EE plans to add 10 more cities by the end of the year, with 1,500 base stations.