Businesses in the East London area will get priority access to all network innovations by the mobile operator and has also become the launch location for its 300Mbps network
Prime Minister David Cameron today launched a partnership between EE and Tech City that will see the mobile operator prioritise businesses within the London area for all of its network innovations.
EE has invested £3.6 million over the past six months in boosting its existing network coverage in Tech City. It was the first area in the UK to receive double-speed 4G when EE launched it in July, which has enabled 20 cities to so far enjoy speeds of up to 60Mbps, with average speeds of 24-30Mbps.
It is also the launch location for its 300Mbps mobile network, which was switched on today. EE will be giving selected companies in the Tech City area privileged access to the network ahead of its commercial rollout next year.
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.
Boxpark Shoreditch, the world’s first pop-up mall, will be one of the first companies EE is partnering with to bring 4G to online and in-store when it delivers it to its independent retailers and their consumers next year. They will also be among the first to use the 300Mbps service.
As well as prioritising Tech City for network innovations, EE has also created a partnership to support small businesses in the area.
This includes privileged offers that enable businesses to get connected in hours rather than weeks; a mentoring programme to guide small businesses through the early stages of their growth and plans to open up the APIs of the EE 4G network so that developers can create new products and services.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We are competing in a global race and I am absolutely determined to make Britain the best place in the world in which to start and grow a business. The world of business is changing rapidly and one of the most promising opportunities for new jobs and growth lies within a new wave of high growth, highly innovative digital businesses.
“This is why, as part of our plan to help Britain succeed, we established Tech City UK to support the creation of a technology cluster in East London and committed to help these businesses to become cornerstones of our economy.
“As well as backing the businesses of today we are also backing the businesses of the future and in just three years we have seen London become a leading centre for innovation, helping to drive our economic recovery.
“But this is not just about London. We are determined to build a rebalanced economy across the country and get behind the entrepreneurs imagining a new tomorrow in the dozens of technology clusters, accelerators and start-up incubators across Britain.”
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “By pioneering 4G innovation in the UK, we want to help British businesses switch on and start up. That’s why we’ve partnered with Tech City to deliver superfast services to some of the UK’s brightest new companies.
“The 300Mbps service will be commercially rolled out in 2014 and means British businesses here in Tech City – and across the UK – will be able to steal a march on their competitors in Silicon Valley, Korea and Japan.”