We've got a number of tools in our armoury [Not weapons? Ed.] - Hazel Lewis - UK government minister
UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE has announced when it will turn on its 4G network in the UK, revealing that the launch date will be 30 October.
Ofcom announced last night that EE may roll out 4G services this year as planned, after O2 and Vodafone were pleased with the news that Ofcom will bring forward the auction of additional 4G spectrum to later this year.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE announced that 4G will be launching in 10 UK cities on 30 October, before rolling out to a further six by the end of 2012. These 16 cities include; London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton.
In a statement Swantee said, "We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK's first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30th October 2012.
"This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.
"We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand."
Swantee didn't reveal any details on price plans, but we've heard that 4G will be available as a bolt-on for existing Orange and T-Mobile price plans, with prices starting from around £3 for access to the high-speed connectivity.
While EE didn't let slip any details on pricing, it did tell us that the first phones to join its LTE lineup will include the Iphone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One XL. The Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 handsets are also expected to arrive in early November. µ
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