Two towns in Cornwall are now receiving 5G mobile coverage with EE.

EE launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019 and has now switched on the service in Falmouth and St Austell.

The company says it now offers 5G coverage to 50% of the population in the UK –one year ahead of EE’s target and five years ahead of the government’s ambition.

EE also announced in December that it will be upgrading 4G coverage in more than 40 rural locations across Cornwall by June 2024, as part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme agreed in 2020.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Julia Lopez, said: "I am delighted to see EE has made good progress rolling out 5G to half of the country. The technology, which can be up to 20 times faster than 4G, will help us in our aims to level up our economy and unleash the potential of communities across the UK.

"We are working alongside industry to boost rural coverage through a £1 billion deal with mobile phone operators and are developing a new strategy to boost further investment in 5G and help operators rapidly expand their networks."

A map showing the places in the UK with 5G coverage with EE

A map showing the places in the UK with 5G coverage with EE

Marc Allera, CEO of the consumer division at BT Group, said: “EE was the first network to launch 5G in the UK and now we’re the first mobile network operator to take the technology to 50% of the UK population.

"Our ambitions for 5G don’t stop here. We’ll continue to invest in our network to provide our customers with unrivalled connectivity.”

EE has pledged to offer 5G anywhere in the UK by 2028 through its macro network and ‘on demand’ connectivity solutions.

New locations, or those with an improved 5G service, include:

• Blackpool

• Clacton-on-Sea

• Clitheroe

• Cowes

• Eastbourne

• Exeter

• Exmouth

• Falmouth

• Great Malvern

• Hastings

• Inverness

• Minehead

• Morecambe

• Plymouth

• Pontypridd

• Poole

• Ross-on-Wye

• Salisbury

• St Austell

• Tiverton