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EE has revealed which of the UK's cities will be the first to receive pioneering new 5G mobile speeds.

The company is to switch on its infrastructure in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester by mid-2019.

At the end of next year, a further ten cities will benefit from networks that could transmit data faster than 10Gbps: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.

Following the announcement, other UK networks are now attempting to accelerate their own rollout of 5G next year, with Three and Vodafone said to be close.

Marc Allera, Head of the Consumer Division at EE, said consumers can look forward to better speeds and greater reliability.

However, it is worth noting that coverage in the six cities won't be total and will instead focus on busy, high traffic areas such as the Manchester Arena and Birmingham's Bullring.

"This is another milestone for the UK and for our network journey - we'll keep evolving as we move to one, smart network for our customers. We have an ambition to connect our customers to 4G, 5G or Wi-Fi 100 per cent of the time," commented Mr Allera.

It is not yet known what the price will be for connection to EE 5G, but the spokesman conceded that customers will need to pay "a little more" for the privilege.

EE has also said it will be launching a 5G home router as an alternative to fixed broadband, as well as a new range of 5G-enabled smartphones.

The company has now written to every firm in the UK FTSE 100, inviting them to participate in tests as to how 5G could benefit their business.

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