BT Launches 5G Services in the UK

By Gavin Whenman on at

This morning BT Mobile became the fourth mobile provider to launch 5G services in the UK, rolling it out to the usual suspects, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester, as well as 14 other cities and large towns, including Coventry, Leicester and Bristol.

BT Mobile's business daddy also owns EE, so its 5G network is piggybacking off EE's own 5G network, which launched back in May and claims to be available in more places than any other UK 5G network, with plans to reach a further 25 cities and towns by the end of the year.

At the moment, BT is being stingy with who can sign up to 5G. Business customers can opt in, as can those signed up to BT Plus, a home broadband and mobile phone package. If you're willing to have pay extra for their broadband, BT offers a range of smartphone plans, starting from £45 a month (!) for 12GB of data. Those who choose their hefty 200GB plan will be automatically upgraded at no extra cost to BT's unlimited mobile data service, Halo, when it launches next month, which is frankly the least they can do given how much you'll be paying already for the privilege.

Even though 4G isn't everywhere yet, BT joins EEVodafone and Three in rolling out 5G services across the UK, with O2 and Sky Mobile soon to join them in supporting the next generation mobile internet technology that promises to deliver superfast speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections, even if O2 and Three are in a pissing contest with their rivals over who is offering "real 5G".