A HISTORY OF OUR NETWORKS: 2G TO 5G
The EE network is actually a series of networks - each with its own job. Here's a quick roll-call:
1G: Remember the huge 1980s mobile phones? They used 1G (first generation) signals.
2G: In the 1990s, the UK went digital with 2G and we still use 2G for calls and texts.
2.5G: (Also known as GPRS) brought the internet to our phones by chopping data into bite-sized pieces.
2.75G: (Also known as EDGE) gave us download speeds up to three times faster than GPRS.
3G: Up to ten times faster than GPRS, 3G is perfect for browsing, tweeting and checking Facebook.
3.5G: (Also known as HSPA), this new technology sped things up once again, making it easy to use apps and download music and videos to your phone. There’s also HSPA+, which is great for HD film streaming.
4GEE: Gives you superfast, super reliable internet wherever you are. This was the first step in change in the evolution of mobile communications.
5G: The next generation of mobile network technology. We’re giving you a super reliable service in busier places at faster speeds than 4G. You'll enjoy faster speeds and better quality.
4G in more places than any other network
We're making sure that we’re giving you the biggest and best 4G coverage.
Call and text with WiFi
No signal? No problem. WiFi Calling lets you talk and text even if there’s no mobile signal.
Investing in our network
We're spending £1.5 million a day improving our network's speed, reliability and call quality.
And ready for the future
We're always one step ahead. We introduced 4G, 4G+, double speed 4GEE and now 5G to the UK.