EE is now offering a 5G home broadband service with the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. You’ll get 1,000GB of data (1TB) for £70/month.

In the UK, 4G and 5G home broadband services have rapidly grown in popularity as an alternative to fixed-line home broadband.

EE’s new 5GEE Home is the latest offering in this area, giving you access to faster 5G home broadband in areas with 5G coverage. An average download speed of 150Mbit/s is available on the service with no need to have a phone line or to have an engineer visit.

The 5GEE Home broadband service comes with a Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. You’ll pay £70/month for access to the service on an 18-month contract, with 1000GB (1TB) of data included on your plan each month. There’s also a £100 upfront fee payable for the router which is required to access the service.

In this article, we’ll review EE’s 5GEE home broadband service and the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router that’s included. We’ll then compare EE’s 5G home broadband service to what is available on other mobile networks. Finally, we’ll look at the level of coverage you can expect on the service.

5GEE Home Plans

Nowadays, 4G or 5G home broadband technology can often deliver similar or even faster download speeds than a fibre broadband connection.

EE’s new 5GEE Home broadband service is designed to offer fast home broadband without the need for you to have a phone line or cable. Promising an average download speed of 150Mbit/s, the 5G service is about five times faster than EE’s 4G home broadband service.

At present, the 5GEE Home service with a Huawei 5G CPE Pro router costs £70/month on an 18-month contract. For £70/month, you’ll get 1,000GB of data per month (equivalent to 1TB per month). There’s also an upfront fee of £100 due for the router:

Data AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
1000GB Data18 month contract£100£70/month

See all 5GEE Home deals →

Customers signing up for 5GEE Home will also receive a 20GB data boost on their EE mobile phone.

Huawei 5G CPE Pro Router

On EE, all new 5G home broadband customers are supplied with the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. The router is able to pick up EE’s 4G and 5G mobile signal and uses this to broadcast a new wi-fi network that your other devices can connect to (e.g. your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV or other smart home devices).

Up to 64 devices can be connected at the same time to the wi-fi network produced by your Huawei 5G CPE Pro router. The router has full support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax). There are also two Gigabit Ethernet sockets provided for you to connect wired devices to your home network.

In theory, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro is able to support gigabit download speeds (1,000Mbit/s or more). In reality, however, EE only claims an average download speed of 150Mbit/s for customers who are using 5G. In areas where only 4G coverage is available, you can expect an average download speed of about 31Mbit/s.

The following table shows the full specifications for the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router:

5GEE Home
(Huawei 5G CPE Pro)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £70/month
Data:1000GB
Unlimited Data:Not available
Contract Length:18 months
Mobile Connectivity
5G Connectivity:Up to 2330 Mbit/s download
5G Bands:5G NR band n78
4G Connectivity:Category 19 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 1600 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 150 Mbit/s upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43
External Antenna:Yes, 2x TS-9 connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devices
Ethernet:2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Phone:1 RJ11 phone port
Other
Model:Huawei 5G CPE Pro
Colour:White
More Information:See shop.ee.co.uk

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro router has 2 TS-9 sockets for you to connect an external antenna to it. This can help to improve the strength of your 4G or 5G signal, giving you a more reliable connection and faster home broadband download speeds.

For more information and for detailed specifications, please see EE’s official website.

Alternatives

Other 5G Home Broadband Services

In the UK, you can also get 5G home broadband on Three’s 5G Home service and on Vodafone’s GigaCube 5G. EE also offers the HTC 5G Hub router, though with a much smaller data allowance than what is offered on the Huawei 5G CPE Pro.

Three 5G Home

On Three’s 5G home broadband service, you can get unlimited data at 5G speeds from £29/month. You’ll need to sign a 24-month contract to get the lowest monthly price. Alternatively, a more flexible 12-month option is also available for £34/month.

The 5G Home service is currently available only to customers in London. An average download speed of 100Mbit/s is advertised on the service.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£29/month

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£34/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G

On Vodafone’s GigaCube 5G, you can get 5G home broadband from £30/month. The entry-level plan with 100GB of data costs £30/month, increasing to 200GB of data for £40/month and unlimited data for £50/month.

An upfront fee applies for the router, which varies depending on the contract length you sign up for. 5G coverage is currently available in 38 locations on Vodafone.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data18 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data1 month contract£325£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data1 month contract£325£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£325£50/month

5GEE WiFi with the HTC 5G Hub

You can also choose the 5GEE WiFi service which comes with a HTC 5G Hub router. This comes with either 50GB or 100GB of data per month: just a fraction of the 1,000GB per month allowance on the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. It does, however, have the advantage of built-in tablet functionality and you can also use it on battery power so it’s a little more portable.

The HTC 5G Hub allows you to have up to 20 devices connected to your network at one time (compared to 64 devices on the Huawei 5G CPE Pro).

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

5GEE WiFi
50GB Data24 month contract£100£50/month

5GEE WiFi
100GB Data24 month contract£100£75/month

For more information, see the HTC 5G Hub on EE’s website.

4G Home Broadband

4G broadband is a good alternative to 5G home broadband if you either don’t need 5G download speeds or if 5G coverage isn’t yet available in your area. On 4G broadband, prices currently start from only £20/month for an unlimited data allowance. This makes it significantly cheaper than EE’s 5G broadband service which costs £70/month for 1000GB of data.

Three HomeFi+ and AI Cube

Three currently offers the cheapest 4G home broadband service in the UK. For most people, we’d recommend the HomeFi Plus service which comes with an inclusive Huawei B535 router. You can get up to Category 7 LTE download speeds (up to 300Mbit/s) on the service, with dual-band wi-fi connectivity on up to 64 devices.

With HomeFi Plus, you’ll pay £20/month for unlimited data on a 24-month contract:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£20/month
with special offer

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£27/month

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data1 month contract£29£30/month

A slightly pricier alternative to the Huawei B535 is Three’s two-in-one Huawei AI Cube. The AI Cube functions both as an Amazon Alexa smart speaker and as a 4G home broadband router.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£25/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data12 month contract£49£32/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data1 month contract£149£32/month

For further information, please see Three’s official website for information about the Huawei B535 and the Huawei AI Cube.

4GEE Home

If you’re looking for 4G home broadband from EE, this is available on the 4GEE Home service. You’ll get a data allowance between 50GB and 500GB per month for a much lower price than on 5GEE Home:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

For more information, please see the EE website or read our full review of 4GEE Home.

Vodafone GigaCube 4G

Vodafone also offers a 4G home broadband service, with the GigaCube 4G router (Huawei B528). Price plans start from £30/month for 100GB of data, increasing up to £50/month for 300GB of data:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data18 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data1 month contract£325£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data1 month contract£325£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£325£50/month

Please see Vodafone’s website for more information.

Coverage

The Huawei 5G CPE Pro router allows you to access both 4G and 5G coverage on EE’s network.

4G Coverage

EE currently offers 99% population coverage and 90% geographical coverage on their 4G network.

Before signing up for EE’s 4G or 5G home broadband service, we’d strongly recommend double checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on EE’s online coverage map:

Check EE Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

EE also offers a combined line checker where you can check the availability of ADSL broadband, fibre broadband, 4G broadband and 5G broadband in one go. It will also show you the estimated download speeds available on each type of broadband service.

For more information, see our in-depth guide to the coverage on EE.

5G Coverage

In order to fully utilise the capabilities of 5GEE Home, it’s recommended you use the service in an area that has access to 5G.

The following towns and cities currently have access to 5G coverage on EE:

Now Live80 towns and cities are live on EE 5G (July 2020)
Ashton-under-Lyne, Bath, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Borehamwood, Bransholme, Bristol, Bury, Cardiff, Castlereagh, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Chesterfield, Clevedon, Clifton, Clydebank, Coventry, Dartford, Dinnington, Dudley, Edinburgh, Gillingham, Glasgow, Grays, Guildford, Hamilton, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Huddersfield, Hull, Inchinnan, Kimberley, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Loughton, Maidstone, Manchester, Milnrow, Motherwell, Newcastle, Newton-le-Willows, North Shields, Northampton, Nottingham, Oldham, Paisley, Potters Bar, Rochdale, Rochester, Romford, Rotherham, Rugeley, Salford, Sheffield, Solihull, South Shields, Southend-on-Sea, Staines-upon-Thames, Stevenage, Stirling, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swadlincote, Sydenham, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Cross, Watford, West Bromwich, Westhoughton, Weybridge, Wolverhampton
Planned &
Announced
9 towns and cities planned
Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester (2020)

Even in towns and cities that are listed as having 5G coverage, the coverage available on 5G may still be patchy in some areas. For this reason, it’s worth getting a more accurate estimate of the coverage in your area using EE’s online coverage map for 5G:

Check 5G Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

For more information, see our full guide to 5G coverage in the UK.

More Information

For further information about the 5GEE Home service, please see EE’s official website.

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