SUPER-fast 5G has been switched on in a Somerset town.

Mobile phone company EE has switched on 5G in Weston-super-Mare, allowing customers in the town to receive the latest mobile network technology.

Weston joins more than 30 new towns and cities across the UK that can now access 5G from EE.

EE launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 and has expanded its coverage on a daily basis.

The service was switched on in Bristol and Cardiff last year, and more recently in Plymouth.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer business, said: “Delivering the best mobile experience for our customers has never been more important.

"Our 5G rollout continues apace, with our engineers building and upgrading new sites every day to bring the latest mobile technology to even more people in the places they need it.

"We have 5G coverage in more places than anyone in the UK, and we remain focused on connecting many more areas this year and beyond.”

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Paul Coles, BT Group’s English regions director, said: “It’s great to see Weston-super-Mare being among the first locations in the South West to get 5G.

"The new technology will enable a faster, more reliable mobile connection, helping a range of sectors.

"We know that demands for data from consumers and businesses are continuing to increase, so the arrival of 5G in Weston will make sure it’s ahead of the game in terms of connectivity and competitiveness."

Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England, said: “This is such an important milestone for Weston-super-Mare in realising our digital ambitions.

"5G technology will become a key driver of economic growth in the years to come and will enable more innovation in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, health and social care.

"The challenges we have all faced this year has meant digital communications have taken on an even more important role.

"I am sure that 5G will bring in a new era of opportunity for everyone who, lives, works and studies in Weston-super-Mare.

"The fact EE has switched on its 5G network here is a huge positive, especially when we have just opened officially the new West of England Institute of Technology at Weston College."