EE to launch 4G in the Channel Tunnel by the summer


Operator, along with Vodafone, to also make 2G and 3G services available in the North Tunnel in March

EE will launch 4G services in the Channel Tunnel by summer this year. Along with Vodafone, it will also make 2G and 3G services available in the North Running Tunnel in March.

The operator said it is working with EuroTunnel on the Feasibility Study, and will lead the build of the network. The Feasibility Study is an evaluation of the potential of a project, with an extensive investigation and research to support the decisions made.

Customers can expect download speeds of up to 20Mbps, with any usage deducted from their existing UK price plan. The same applies with the provision of 2G and 3G services, with customers required to pay roaming charges once they leave the Tunnel.

There is currently no Wi-Fi service provided on Eurostar.

Some 20 million people travel through the Channel Tunnel each year, either on the Eurotunnel shuttle in their vehicles or on a Eurostar train.

EE CTO Fotis Karonis said: “It’s another technology first for EE, and it’s one that will make a big difference to business workers and people going away on holiday.

“Being connected is such an important part of travelling now and this will be another route we’ve covered with 4G, making making a huge difference to millions.”

EE launched its 4G network in October 2012. It is now available in 160 UK towns and cities, with download speeds averaging 12-15Mbps.

The operator also launched double speed 4G in July and is now available in 20 UK towns and cities. It achieves average download speeds of 24-30Mbps, with theoretical headline speeds of up to 150Mbps.

In November, it launched a new 4G network promising speeds of up to 300Mbps. The network, which EE claims is the fastest in the world, initially covers East London’s Tech City – the area around City Road. It will become commercially available when compatible devices become available later this year.

Earlier this week EE announced it had two million 4G customers, doubling that base in the past four months and achieving its aim of reaching the milestone before the end of Q1.

It claims its 4G sign-up rate is the fastest in the world outside South Korea and said two-thirds of its 4G customers have moved across from its 2G and 3G brands Orange and T-Mobile.