UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE announced on Wednesday that its double-speed 4G will go live in the UK on 4 July.
EE revealed in April that it plans to double the speed of its LTE network, bringing speeds of up to 80Mbps to 10 different cities across the UK. However, the operator announced on Wednesday at an event in London that the 'super-fast' 4G will be going live in 12 cities across the country on 4 July, with Derby and Nottingham being added to the list, and will be capable of reaching peak speeds of 150Mbps.
These speeds are in line with those promised on Korea's LTE-Advanced network, hinting that we might catch a glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A.
To reach such speeds, EE is doubling the amount of 1800MHz spectrum that it dedicates to 4G from 10MHz to 20MHz.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said, "We fundamentally believe that with the forecast in data growth, we need these kind of speeds available.
"Our speeds are now at a level where we can truly say we have the fastest mobile network in the Europe, and faster than all LTE networks in the US."
EE said its double-speed 4G, which in reality will offer average speeds of between 24Mbps and 30Mbps, will be available to both new and existing EE customers at no extra cost.
For new customers, EE said that it will be introducing bigger data plans as part of an upcoming summer promotion - bumping its current 500MB plan to 1GB, its 3GB plan to 10GB and its 5GB plan to 20GB. The prices will remain unchanged.
"When we launched, 4G we talked about a vision of building the best network and best service so that customers trust us with their digital lives. We have already realised that aim. We're the largest, fastest and undoubtedly the best network," Swantee claimed.
As well as introducing double-speed 4G, EE will bring double-speed WiFi into homes with its EE Bright Box router device that it also unveiled in London today. This supports the wireless 802.11ac standard, and EE said it will be able to provide customers with faster, stronger WiFi connections. µ
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