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BT Mobile rolls out 5G for consumers and business

City AM logo City AM 10/10/2019 James Warrington
KIEV, UKRAINE - 2018/08/04: The British Telecoms application seen displayed on a smart phone with a background of a stock market shedle. BT Group plc (trading as BT and formerly British Telecom) is a British multinational telecommunications holding company with head offices in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © 2018 SOPA Images KIEV, UKRAINE - 2018/08/04: The British Telecoms application seen displayed on a smart phone with a background of a stock market shedle. BT Group plc (trading as BT and formerly British Telecom) is a British multinational telecommunications holding company with head offices in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

BT has become the latest UK mobile network to launch 5G, rolling out its next-generation network in more than 20 towns and cities across the country.

London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester are among the first locations to gain access to the network, while BT aims to reach a further 25 towns and cities by the end of the year.

The telecoms firm said its BT Plus and BT Business customers will be the first to benefit from the boosted speeds.

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“Our 5G service provides customers with a faster and more reliable connection in high demand, crowded areas across the UK at peak times,” said Marc Allera, chief executive of BT’s consumer division.

“When combined with the best fibre, the UK’s fastest 4G network and biggest wi-fi network, BT is helping consumers and businesses stay connected wherever they are and whatever they need to do.”

BT Mobile will launch four 5G plans across smartphones made by Samsung, Oppo, Oneplus and Huawei.

The firm’s mobile service will use the 5G network launched by subsidiary EE earlier this year. Vodafone and Three have both launched their 5G services, while O2 is expected to unveil its network next week.

Gallery: 5G UK: the phones, networks, and deals you need for 5G in the UK (T3)

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