The two towns join 33 other places across the UK that are the latest to receive 5G on EE.
The mobile network operator has today added outdoor 5G coverage to some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations as lockdown restrictions start to ease and attractions begin to reopen from next week.
Landmarks that will receive 5G outdoor coverage include Great Linford Park in Milton Keynes and Vale Park in Aylesbury
Residents, businesses and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now benefit from the fast
speeds, low latency and increased reliability of EE’s 5G network, with the technology today
switched on in:
18. Milton Keynes
In addition, EE is set to achieve the milestone of reaching one million active 5G customers –those which have a 5G plan and a 5G-enabled device – this month.
London, Birmingham and Manchester are the top three home cities of those using EE’s 5G network.
Richard Harrington, CEO of Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
“Buckinghamshire LEP has worked with network providers consistently for the past nine years and it’s never been more important for people to stay connected online, whether that’s for work or keeping in touch with family and friends. Digital connectivity has had a fundamental role in both work and home life during the pandemic and in addition to coverage, speed and ease of connectivity are important factors.
“The EE extension of a 5G network to Aylesbury is therefore extremely welcome and I believe it puts us in a great position to utilise the benefits of this new technology in our bounce back to growth, whilst supporting our plans to deliver accessible services as part of our Garden Town ambitions.”
Jane Thomas, BT Group regional lead for the East of England, said: “It’s fantastic that Milton Keynes and Aylesbury have become the first places in Buckinghamshire to receive 5G on EE’s network, bringing faster speeds and more reliable connections for people in the area.
“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 here is a timely boost.”
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.”
EE secured vital new spectrum in the first stage of Ofcom’s 5G auction last month, which will enable EE to expand its 5G network even further once rolled out into the network.