The UK’s mobile networks are in a race for the widest possible 5G coverage, giving consumers a reason to upgrade to the latest phones and use up more data.
But they have also taken to making bold claims about where their 5G coverage has been switched on, when in some cases that coverage may only reach a few streets.
Now EE has fired warning shots at its rivals, saying rivals may be “exaggerating their 5G coverage claims”. EE boss Marc Allera said: “One rival which currently purports to have the highest number of 5G locations in the UK, actually has coverage levels lower than EE’s in many of those… Another rival, which recently claimed the best 5G in London, was quoting the results of a report that tested mainly only where they had strong signal, rather than capturing the wider area.”
EE said it had asked Ofcom to look into setting a consistent standard for what constitutes 5G coverage in an area.
Matthew Howett, an analyst with Assembly Research, said: “What we don’t know are the methodologies being used so the sooner Ofcom measure it, the better.”