November 13, 2018 / 4:10 PM / a month ago

BT Group's EE to launch 5G services in 16 British cities next year

The EE logo is reflected in a window outside an EE shop in London February 5, 2015. BT finalised a deal on Thursday to buy mobile operator EE for 12.5 billion pounds ($19 billion) and now faces a contested approval process to seal its status as Britain's dominant communications company. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS LOGO)

(Reuters) - Mobile network operator EE, part of Britain’s top telecoms company BT Group, said on Tuesday it would launch next-generation 5G wireless services in 16 British cities next year.

The network would first be rolled out in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester and later in ten more cities, upgrading some 1,500 sites to 5G to start with, EE said.

EE rival Vodafone said in September it would have 1,000 5G-enabled network sites in Britain by 2020 capable of delivering blisteringly fast speeds and near-instant response times.

Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

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