700MHz: EE to Improve Indoor 5G

Customers on EE 5G should notice an increase in indoor coverage after the operator began deploying a 700MHz spectrum across its next-generation network.

Because of the requirement of supporting a variety of usage scenarios such as mobile Internet and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), 5G networks will utilize a wider range of frequencies than any previous mobile generation.

According to academics in the United States, low-band spectrum such as 700MHz has a higher penetration and range than high-band frequencies like mmWave (mmWave), which offers considerably more capacity over short distances.

A Mid-band spectrum such as 3.4GHz is a compromise between coverage and capacity.

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The 700MHz band had previously been used for Freeview Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services, although the band was long recognized as an important mobile frequency.

The band’s licenses were auctioned by Ofcom last year, and EE was one of the successful purchasers.

The operator has deployed 700MHz at 50 locations and will continue to extend 5G coverage to half of the British population by 2023.

A longer-term objective is for 90% landmass coverage in 2028. Over the last year, EE’s 5G network has seen a seven and a half times increase in users.

“We’ve got big ambitions for 5G connectivity in the next decade, and this is the latest milestone in our journey to provide our customers with unrivalled connectivity,” said David Salam, Director of Mobile Networks, EE, “This next stage of our 5G rollout will enable our customers to enjoy even better 5G, keeping them connected to the things that are most important to them.”

All 15 stations on the Glasgow Subway now have access to 4G, as announced by EE in June. The connection of all 15 stations to the network is part of EE’s effort to establish the LTE-enabled Emergency Services Network (ESN).

“Delivering the ESN to Glasgow’s Subway stations will see a huge benefit to our emergency service responders, enabling them to transmit reliable and consistent digital communications across the 4G network and give first responders immediate access to life-saving information in live situations and emergencies,” added Richard Harrap, Managing Director, ESN, BT Enterprise.