EE switches on first 5G trial in Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf has partnered with mobile giant EE to trial the next generation of mobile network – 5G. The complex’s two shopping centres and yet-to-be opened Crossrail station will feature the latest, fifth generation of mobile network, offering performance that dramatically out-does that of the current 3G and 4G networks. Consumers who live and work in Canary Wharf will benefit from being better connected, and the enterprises based here will have the chance to partner with BT Group to understand the full capabilities of 5G.

“Staying at the forefront of connectivity and new technologies is critical to our community, and that’s why we are partnering with [EE parent] BT Group to support delivery of 5G.” Canary Wharf Group head of technology and innovation, Mark Nallen.

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5G uses a very high frequency spectrum, above 6 GHz, providing the potential to support very high demands by users in busy areas . It’s also predicted that the new 5G network shouldn’t break, offering you the same reliability that you currently receive from fibre connections. Canary Wharf is EE’s first high-capacity testing zone for it’s 5G network roll-out, with ten more sites identified by the operator for consumer and business technology trials in east London, which will go live by the end of October.

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G roll-out – a live test of our 5G network in a hugely busy hotspot, where we know there is going to be demand from customers for increased mobile capacity,” Fotis Karonis, 5G technology lead, BT.