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EE has announced it is to carry out the UK's first live 5G trial in east London.

The network will be switched on in October for five small businesses and five homes in areas including City Road, Old Street, Hoxton Square, St Paul’s and Chiswell Street.

This forms part of EE's wider aim to be the first UK operator to launch 5G, as it believes the technology will provide more reliable and responsive mobile internet connections.

Furthermore, the company is confident that greater adoption of 5G could facilitate the take-up of technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality in apps and services.

Marc Allera, Chief Executive of BT’s Consumer division, said: "This live trial is a big step forward in making the benefits of 5G a reality for our customers, and in making sure that the UK is at the front of the pack for 5G technology. 

"We’re focusing our resource and experience across EE and BT to ensure that we continue to lead the UK market with a mobile network that keeps giving our customers the best speeds and the best coverage."

Digital Minister Margot James added that the government wants the UK to be a global leader in 5G, as part of its ambition to create a "world-leading digital economy that works for everyone".

"Together with the government's own test beds and trials programme, industry initiatives like this will help deliver the benefits of this new revolutionary technology to businesses and consumers across the UK," she said.

EE is hoping that the trial will deliver live speeds in excess of 1Gbps.

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