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EE launches its 5G network, drafts in Stormzy to celebrate

Tyrone Stewart
Stormzy EE 5G
Stormzy performs one-off gig on River Thames floating stage


EE’s 5G network has officially gone live in six cities across the UK and, to celebrate, the company gave fans in all the cities a chance to experience a 5G-powered, one-off gig from Glastonbury 2019 headliner Stormzy.

“Big up EE, thank you for letting me launch your 5G network in the UK. Tonight was sick, I’m honoured to be part of history,” said Stormzy.

The platinum-selling UK rapper performed a show on Wednesday evening, hosted by radio DJ Clara Amfo, on London’s iconic River Thames to thousands of fans – both physically present and watching across the entire UK. EE broadcast the event on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube using the power of 5G and remote production technology.

In the other five launch cities – Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester – fans were able to experience the show via a 360-degree VR experience at special EE in-store events. These fans were able to pop on a VR headset and watch the performance from the front row.

“We wanted to mark the arrival of the UK’s first 5G network with something spectacular,” said Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer business. “Tonight, we made history, not only by becoming the first network to launch 5G in the UK – but also using 5G to live stream this event to thousands of fans across the UK. Stormzy lit up the Thames and his fans’ faces with the energy, passion and charisma that he always brings to his live shows.”

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