5G on the menu for Shrewsbury

EE today announced Shrewsbury has become the first place in Shropshire to get 5G on its network - as it brings the next generation in mobile network technology to the county town.

EE has switched on its award-winning 5G network in Shrewsbury ahead of major events such as the town’s Food Festival and Shropshire OktoberFest.

The town will be welcoming thousands of visitors to the Quarry Park, as people spend more leisure time in public spaces following the end of Covid-19 restrictions.

And EE has launched 5G in Shrewsbury so customers can enjoy faster speeds and greater reliability at even the busiest times - whether that’s to share photos and videos, connect with loved ones, or access their favourite apps.   

EE’s new 5G network will provide good outdoor coverage at places such as The Quarry Park and Shrewsbury Railway Station, as well as the town centre, Monkmoor Recreation Ground and Rea Brook Valley Nature Reserve.

The mobile network operator, part of BT Group, has added a permanent 5G service to Shrewsbury, meaning that local residents, businesses and visitors will be able to benefit from an enhanced mobile experience all year round. The town is the first place in Shropshire to get connected to EE’s 5G network.

Cllr Rob Gittins, portfolio holder for digital, technology and data and insight at Shropshire Council, said: “I am delighted that EE is switching on 5G, with Shrewsbury being the first town in Shropshire to benefit from the technology.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has seen many of us relying more on digital technologies in our everyday lives. The need for digital connectivity is predicted to grow even further over the next few years with 5G coverage taking a more prominent role for Shropshire businesses, as well as our residents and tourists.”

Beth Heath, director of fun at Shropshire Festivals, said: "I am overjoyed that the town has been chosen in the next phase of EE’s 5G rollout. It will make such a difference to the live events that take place in the heart of the town allowing traders and visitors to enjoy increased connectivity while enjoying our festivals and our gorgeous town.”

Liz Needleman, BT Group regional lead for the Midlands, said: “With visitors set to flock to major events such as the Shrewsbury Food Festival and Shropshire OktoberFest, we’re pleased to be providing improved connectivity in the area.

“Our 5G network will help ensure our customers stay connected so they can make the most of their time while out and about, whether that’s sharing photos with family or friends, using social media or simply making a phone or video call.”

EE’s 5G network has been named the UK’s number one in independent tests by RootMetrics.