EE launches UK’s first 4G network


Coverage to reach a third of the UK population this year, 70 per cent next year and 98 per cent by 2014

EE will launch its 4G network in the coming weeks, with 16 major UK cities connected by the end of this year. It will see customers receive speeds of up to 21Mbps.

It will cover a third of the population (over 20 million people) by Christmas, with the UK’s four capitals and 12 other major cities benefitting.

These are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton.

Further UK towns, cities and rural areas will follow next year. Population coverage will reach 70 per cent in 2013, with 98 per cent coverage by 2014.

EE’s engineers have today begun live testing and systems integration in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham in preparation for the customer launch.

The 4G mobile network will be available on seven devices at launch – Nokia Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, HTC One XL, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, E589 Mobile Wi-Fi and E392 Mobile Broadband stick.

EE will also launch a fibre broadband service to homes and businesses, with fixed line internet speeds typically ten times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. Standard broadband via ADSL in non-fibre areas will also be available.

This will go live at the same time as EE’s 4G network. It will be available to 11 million households and businesses by the end of the year, reaching two thirds of the UK by the end of 2014.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “Today (September 11)  we launch a new company, a new network and a new brand for Britain.

“Our plans to revolutionise the UK communications market with a faster network and an exciting new brand for the digital age are built on solid investment and a simple belief that customers deserve better.

“We look forward to connecting the country with superfast mobile speeds in the coming weeks, months and years.

“And it starts today, with the announcement of our new business, our new brand and a new digital infrastructure that our company, our customers and the country can be proud of.”