EE partners with Tech City to provide ‘world-leading hub’


Operator switching on its double speed 4G service in the London technology district today, with businesses also having free access to 4G mobile Wi-Fi hotspots

EE has announced a partnership with Tech City in a move it said will drive interest, investment and innovation in London’s key technology hub.

The operator’s double speed 4G services are being switched on in the capital’s business district today, providing headline speeds of up to 80 Mbps and average speeds of 24-30Mbps. It will also install 4G mobile Wi-Fi hotspots in parts of Tech City, giving free 4G access to all Wi-Fi enabled devices.

EE said the network also has the capacity necessary to support the very high concentration of users in the area, and has also committed to launch future 4G advances first in Tech City.

Tech City accredited businesses will also have access to the EE network’s real-time APIs (application programming interfaces), which it said would provide mobile developers with a significant time-to-market advantage in developing applications and services that can take full advantage of high-speed 4G networks.

EE will offer support from experts within its own organisation to help advise and mentor small businesses and start-ups.

As part of its national technology cluster alliance, EE and Tech City are also looking at rolling out similar programmes in Bath, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newry, Sheffield and Sunderland.

According to the operator, the availability of high-performance, superfast mobile connectivity will reduce set-up time for new start-ups and increase working flexibility for businesses across the area, which has suffered from low-speed fixed line broadband.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee (pictured) said: “Twenty-first century business needs twenty first century infrastructure, and the digital backbone we have built across the UK has been designed to provide just that. We have the biggest and fastest network in the country – one that rivals anywhere in the world. The UK and the City of London are now leading the way, surpassing capitals like New York, and rivalling other major financial and business centres across the world.

“Our partnership with Tech City is designed to ensure UK businesses have the tools that they need to thrive, and to take the UK into a position as a world leader for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.”