London Tech City will be the first in UK to get LTE-A coverage with maximum theoretical download speeds of 300Mbps. EE CEO Olaf Swantee has announced the inauguration of service at the Huawei Mobile Broadband Forum in London on Tuesday.
According to EE CEO, the new network is designed to meet the increasing demands of data-hungry consumers and businesses.
“Today we are introducing the next wave of 4G mobile technology to the U.K. 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,” said EE chief executive Olaf Swantee, in a statement.
The speed and capacity of the EE 300Mbps network will create new business opportunities, more efficient and flexible ways of wireless working, and changes in the way in which content is consumed and created on the go.
However, Tuesday’s announcement is more a taste of things to come rather than a fully-fledged commercial launch. A handful of businesses will be used as guinea pigs for the pilot network, which will use carrier aggregation, where 20MHz of 1800Mhz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6Ghz spectrum are used together to deliver higher speeds.
The chosen ones will be given CAT6 Huawei routers -supports data rates of up to 301.5Mbps- next month, which they can use for up to 20 wi-fi connections, to enjoy the maximum speeds available on EE’s LTE-A network.
Over in the United Kingdom, Everything Everywhere (EE) has further expanded its impressive 4G LTE network, adding support for a handful of additional towns and cities. The carrier explains that support has now been added to Benfleet, Caerphilly, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Grays, Harlow, Hatfield, Kenilworth, Rayleigh, Southport, and Worksop, meaning that a total of 131 towns and cities are now supported by EE’s 4G LTE network.
UK operator EE has launched the country’s first pay as you go (PAYG) 4G tariff. The operator said that 40 per cent of mobile users in the UK want PAYG plans and that all 4G handsets currently available to pay monthly customers will be available on prepay, starting with the Alcatel One Touch Idol S device, priced from £129.99.
Source: EE Newsroom
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