EE launches ‘world’s fastest’ 4G network

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The operator’s new network offers speeds of up to 300Mbps and will be available to select companies in Tech City first before a commercial launch in mid-2014

EE has today (November 5) launched a new 4G network promising speeds of up to 300Mbps.

The network, which EE claims it the fastest in the world, will initially cover East London’s Tech City – the area around City Road – with local companies being selected to access it in December, before it becomes commercially available when compatible devices launch mid-2014.

It runs on a technology called ‘carrier aggregation’ which allows mobile signals to be carried across different spectrum simultaneously. EE will use 20MHz of 1800MHz and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum to provide its ‘LTE-Advanced’ service.

The launch comes as EE unveils research findings which show data usage will rise by 750 per cent over the next three years.

The first users will be given a CAT6 Huawei router, which can provide a high speed mobile Wi-Fi connection to up to twenty devices.

The first commercially available mobile Wi-Fi units will be introduced by summer 2014, also by Huawei, with handsets to follow in the second half of the year.

The network was unveiled by EE CEO Olaf Swantee at the Huawei global mobile broadband forum in London.

Swantee said: “Today we are introducing the next ago of 4G mobile technology to the UK. Our existing 4G network delivers incredible mobile data speeds and covers millions of people across the country, but we never stand still. We know that mobile data usage is going to keep increasing, and rapidly so.

“Our analysts predict that data usage will grow significantly over the next three years. In fact, our trend-mapping shows that data usage is set to rise by 750 per cent in that period, as consumers and companies conduct more of their business and lives online.

“The network we’re switching on today in Tech City uses the spectrum that we acquired in the Ofcom spectrum auction earlier this year, and is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of an increasingly data-hungry nation, enabling us to stay one-step ahead of the demand.”

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