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EE is aiming to lead the way on 5G mobile technology, it has been claimed.

Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect at the broadband provider, said EE has invested in 4G connectivity and "taken the UK back to a position of leadership in mobile".

"Now we’re investing in 5G so that we can define the next step, and keep both us and the UK mobile industry one step ahead," he stated.

Prof Sutton said EE is working closely with academic institutions - such as the 5GIC at the University of Surrey and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 ‘TWEETHER’ project at Lancaster University - on technologies that are "truly ground-breaking".

He vowed that EE will continue to change the way people think of what is possible with mobile, as the industry moves forwards.

"We will continue to evolve new 4G technologies, as they lay the perfect foundation for being a global leader in 5G," Prof Sutton added.

EE recently pledged to invest £1.5 billion between now and 2017 tackling the UK's digital infrastructure needs and laying the foundations for the UK to be a global leader.

Initially the firm will focus on offering 4G connectivity to 99 per cent of the population, across 90 per cent of the UK's geography.

But at the same time, it is working towards the development of 5G - the next generation of mobile broadband and voice technology.

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