4G vs 5G: what’s the difference?

22 February 2019

5G is making its way to the UK, but it’s not the end for 4G! 4G is still the bedrock of our network, connecting people to the services they need and love, right across the UK. Every day, we’re building new 4G sites in rural parts of the UK, giving communities a digital connection for the first time.

Unlike 3G to 4G, 5G is not a replacement for 4G. It adds another layer to the network to provide more capacity in the busiest parts of the UK’s busiest cities.

What are the benefits of 5G?

When 4G first arrived on our phones in 2012 it was revolutionary. It’s shaped how people across the UK communicate, watch, learn and share.

5G will build on that.

Adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network will increase reliability and keep you connected where you need it most, in the busiest places. 5G will offer you increased speeds, more reliable coverage and reduced latency. This will mean faster downloads of your favourite films and albums, quicker website browsing, and a better streaming experience in busy areas.

How fast will 5G be?

5G has the potential to give you speeds of 1 gigabit per second – that’s an incredible milestone to reach. And it can reduce latency from 30-40ms today, to as low as 10ms in the future.

How will 5G and 4G work together?

5G will work hand-in-hand with 4G: when you connect to 5G on EE, you’re actually connecting to both the 4G and 5G parts of the network at the same time, and you get the combined power of all that 4G and 5G capacity. 

5G isn’t a replacement for 4G – it’s an addition to our existing award-winning network.

Our 5G roll out will start with the busiest locations in the busiest cities where it can make the biggest difference to the most people.

It’s time to get excited about the possibilities of 5G, but don’t forget the importance of a great 4G network to enable those possibilities and keep you connected everywhere you go. We certainly won’t.

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