The UK gets its first but limited 5G network

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The United Kingdom has joined the fray with the launch of its 5G network, the next generation of ultra-fast wireless connections.

EE, the UK’s largest mobile carrier, launched 5G wireless Thursday in select areas of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. EE customers in the UK can access the new network using new smartphones from makers including Samsung, OnePlus, LG and Oppo.

5G technology has been touted as a major breakthrough that will allow for better video streaming and more technical advancements such as powering self-driving cars.

In April, the United States and South Korea became the first countries to offer people 5G phones that could access limited 5G networks. Verizon customers were the first to access the US network, using Samsung’s Galaxy 5G.

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