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Belfast among six cities to benefit from roll-out of UK's first 5G mobile network

By Martyn Landi

Belfast will be included in the roll-out of the UK's first 5G service on May 30.

EE will launch its service in six UK cities, including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. The BT-owned telecoms giant said it will be the first operator in the UK to launch the new, high-speed mobile network.

5G technology is the next generation of mobile network and is expected to offer internet speeds several times that of current generation 4G.

EE said it will initially launch in the six cities, with more to follow before the end of the year and into 2020.

It said it planned to reach around 1,500 sites by the end of 2019, including the "busiest parts" of Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The telecoms firm announced earlier this year it would test its 5G mobile network during Glastonbury as part of its trials of the technology.

EE has said it will install five temporary masts across the Worthy Farm festival site, which will enable festival-goers to connect to 2G, 3G, 4G and new 5G networks.

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EE boss Marc Allera said the roll-out would help "keep the UK at the forefront of digital technology".

Fellow mobile operator Vodafone confirmed it will launch 5G across seven cities in the UK on July 3, with another 12 cities to follow by the end of the year.

EE confirmed a number of 5G ready smartphones would be available on its new network, including devices from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, HTC and Oppo.

However, there was no mention of Huawei, after Google confirmed compliance with a US Government order which forces American companies to stop trading with the Chinese technology firm.

The block means Google will stop supplying its Android operating system - which powers Huawei phones - to the company's new devices. However, it will continue to support devices already on sale.

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