May 30, 2019 1.56 pm This story is over 30 months old

Lincoln left behind by new 5G faster network

The new network is being rolled out to “where it matters most”

Lincoln and the rest of the county has been left behind by 5G, as the new mobile network is rolled out to “where it matters most.”

EE has started switching on the fast network in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.

Ten more cities will be upgraded in 2019, but the closest to Lincolnshire getting 5G are Nottingham and Hull.

More cities are planned to go live from 2020 onwards, so it might be a while yet until Lincoln gets a taste.

People with 5G enabled phones could experience download speeds of around 150 to 200 megabits per second (Mbps), with some people hitting about one gigabit per second at quiet times.

The Lincolnite tested out the existing 4G network in Lincoln and only managed average download speeds of 52.2 Mbps.

When 5G is eventually rolled out to Lincoln, people will need to buy new phones to take advantage of the increased speeds.

So far the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, OPPO Reno 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ are the only devices coming out this year with access to higher speeds.

People aren’t expected to make the switch to 5G straight away, with patchy coverage and SIM-only prices starting at £53 per month.

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