UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE announced plans on Thursday to extend its 4G rollout to rural Cumbria.
It comes as little surprise that EE has decided to roll out its 4G services to Cumbria, as the mobile operator launched a customer trial of its 4G broadband in the region last July. Still, the announcement will be welcome news to hill walkers and home workers in the county, which suffers from a lack of high-speed connectivity.
EE is bringing its LTE services to Northern Fells residents and says Cumbria will be able to get average 4G speeds of between 8Mbit/s and 12Mbit/s, while some might be able to reach top speeds of 20Mbit/s. While this pales in comparison to the 36Mbit/s peak speeds we've reached here in London - it's undoubtedly much faster than Cumbria's present internet speeds.
EE said that the Cumbria launch is significant, as it demonstrates the ability of its existing 4G network to "offer the reach, capacity and high speeds necessary to deliver high speed broadband to rural homes and businesses".
Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE said, "Using our dedication to innovation and engineering excellence, we are overcoming the challenges of delivering rural connectivity to launch a 4G mobile broadband service in Cumbria.
"This is yet another big step in advancing digital communications in the UK. We're offering one of the fastest mobile networks in the world, and are pioneering how to make superfast broadband available to homes and businesses that currently have little or no connectivity."
If you're a Cumbria resident looking to get some decent internet connectivity, EE says it will be offering 4G on a number of different plans starting from £15.99 per month. µ