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Unless there is a late rush by Three or O2, that means EE will have the bragging rights of being the first network to launch 5G in the UK.

The issue has also been the source of heated controversy in Britain ever since a leak from the country's National Security Council (NSC) last month suggested the government was planning a limited role for Huawei in its 5G network.

EE will be the first United Kingdom network to flip the switch on 5G in the region in little over a week's time.

"We've put the Huawei devices on pause, until we have more information". At launch 4G offered data downloads at up to 50Mbps, while the new 5G service will provide an "increase in speeds of around 100-150Mbps even in the busiest areas", with some able to achieve 1Gbps on their 5G smartphones depending on locality.

EE is also offering a video data pass worth £8.99 whereby users can stream video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport, TV Player and MTV Play without using their data. 5G handsets compatible with the service will be on sale today at EE, as will new plans and contracts.

Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton are pencilled in to get 5G connectivity in 2020.

Matthew Howett, a mobile analyst with research firm Assembly, said: "To convince consumers to make the leap from 4G to 5G, it's important to communicate that it's more than just about speed".

But Mr Howett thinks that a ban on Huawei could be problematic, not just for EE but for all the UK's operators, because it is in a significant part of their networks.

Prices for 5G - which will require new handsets - will start at £54 per month for 10 gigabytes of data. "Phase 2 is also a vital step on our journey to the convergence of our network technologies, as we bring together fixed, mobile and WiFi into one seamless customer experience", said EE.

It's planned to reach 1,500 sites by the end of this year. The company stated that it "is a temporary measure while uncertainty exists regarding new Huawei 5G devices".

The BT-owned firm have said that the 5G will initially launch in six cities: Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. By 2023 Phase 3 will be initiated introducing Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), Network Slicing and multi-gigabit-per-second speeds.

The other, arguably more damaging element in the long term, is the impact on Huawei's reputation.

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