NETWORK service EE has today switched on 5G in 35 new towns and cities across the UK - including in York.

York, Harrogate and Barnsley are the latest places in the county to receive the service through EE, with 18 places now connected in total across the Yorkshire and The Humber region.

The mobile network operator has added outdoor 5G coverage to some of the UK’s most popular tourist landmarks, historical sites, and coastal locations as lockdown restrictions start to ease and attractions begin to reopen from next week.

Attractions and landmarks that will receive 5G outdoor coverage include York Minster and York Museum Gardens in York, Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley and Killinghill Moor Country Park in Harrogate.

Liz Needleman, BT Group regional lead for the North of England, said: "It’s fantastic that three more places in Yorkshire have received 5G on EE’s network today, as we continue to connect more towns and cities to the next generation in mobile network technology.

"With more people set to stay closer to home for short breaks and holidays this year, the fact people will have faster and more reliable connectivity is a real positive.

"Many people will also use a navigation app to find their way around a new place or use a browser on their phone to look up tourist information, so the arrival of 5G in these places is a timely boost."

Residents, businesses and visitors in 160 UK towns and cities can now benefit from the fast speeds, low latency and increased reliability of EE’s 5G network.