A 5G network has been switched on in Waltham Abbey.

Town residents can now connect to the high-speed internet network with mobile giants EE.

Waltham Abbey joins more than 30 towns and cities across the UK to be upgraded to 5G by EE since May.

It also brings the total number of places across Essex connected to 5G on the company’s network to seven.

Cllr Lesley Wagland, deputy cabinet member for infrastructure at Essex County Council, said: “Essex has stepped up its engagement with mobile network operators in order to remove barriers to a fast rollout of 5G in our county.

“We are pleased to see some early results of this with EE’s 5G coverage now extended to an additional two locations. We look forward to working together to add more Essex towns in the future.”

Jane Thomas, BT Group regional lead for the East of England, said: “It’s great to see more places in Essex benefit from 5G. The new technology will enable a faster, more reliable mobile connection, helping a range of sectors.

“We know that demands for data from consumers and businesses are continuing to increase, so the arrival of 5G in more places in the region will make sure it’s ahead of the game in terms of connectivity and competitiveness.”

EE, part of BT Group, launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 and has now expanded to 112 towns and cities across the UK.

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