EE, the company formerly known as Everything Everywhere and parent of Orange and T-Mobile, has announced its fast 4G LTE network, the first of its kind in the UK, will be going live on October 30.
Company chief executive Olaf Swantee issued a statement announcing the plans, saying: ‘This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.’
‘We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand,’ he added.
From the end of October, EE’s 4G network will be activated in ten UK cities, providing mobile data speeds five times quicker than current 3G services (around 40MB speeds similar to home broadband) to Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
By the end of the year 16 citites will have coverage as 4G will be extended to Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton. The plan is to have 98 per cent coverage of the UK by 2014.
To access the 4G network users will of course need to be signed up to an EE contract and have their 4G SIM. You’ll also need a 4G capable handset.
EE has launched multiple handsets for customers, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
Later these will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920.