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EE to double 4G speeds in 10 cities by summer

EE to double 4G speeds in 10 cities by summer

EE was first to offer 4G in the UK - have you got onboard?

EE has confirmed it is to double the 4G speeds offered by its network across 10 of the 11 cities where it first launched its 4G service.

London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield will all be receiving the speed increase by summer 2013.

“We are ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the digital revolution,” said Olaf Wantee, CEO at EE. “Having already pioneered 4G here, we’re now advancing the country’s infrastructure again with an even fast, even high-capacity network, and at no extra cost to our customers.”

The speed increase will, according to EE, see EE customers receiving up to 80Mbps downstream with an average of over 20Mbps. EE has been able to do this by doubling the amount of 1800MHz spectrum bandwidth dedicated to 4G from 10MHz to 20MHz, which provides increased overall capacity for its customers.

Apparently driving the need for a speed increase is an uplift in mobile video downloads. “Since we launched 4G, we’ve seen a huge shift in the way people are using mobile. Video already accounts for 24 per cent of all traffic on our 4G network – that’s significantly more than on 3G. Maps, mobile commerce, sat-nav tools and cloud services are all seeing a similar rise,” said Swantee.

Further to these speed increases, EE is also still planning to further the reach of its 4G network, connecting one million customers by Christmas 2013.

A list of the towns and cities that currently have 4G access is below:
Amersham, Barnsley, Belfast, Bingley, Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford , Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Chorley, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster, Dudley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Luton, Maidenhead, Manchester, Newbury, Newcastle, Newport, Nottingham, Preston, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Shipley, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, St Albans, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Telford, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

While EE still has a monopoly on 4G services at the moment, all the other major networks are planning to launch competing services before the year is out.

Are you an EE 4G user or are you waiting for prices to drop before taking the plunge?

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damien c 9th April 2013, 12:27 Quote
I am not touching 4G till they drop the prices of the tariffs and increase the data allowance.

I use my data allowance now more than I have before because I have my phone connected to the stereo on my car and stream DI.FM, and on a 4G plan I would use my allowance up in about a week compared to a month on the 3G network when looking, at a tariff with the same data allowance but the cost of the 4G is around £10 per month more.

Maybe in a year or two the prices and data allowances will be better for me to think about using it, but at the moment it's not worth it for me.
Shirty 9th April 2013, 12:29 Quote
Speeds seem great and all (if you can get them), but unless you have lots of the green stuff you have to put up with silly low data caps rendering the downstream speeds somewhat arbitrary no?

Better for a laptop that sometimes needs connectivity on the go, but still quite expensive really.
Spreadie 9th April 2013, 12:49 Quote
I'd be happy if I could get 3G occasionally.
Flibblebot 9th April 2013, 13:17 Quote
^ +1

I can't get 3G around here in any consistent way; I'd prefer they work on decent 3G coverage before they start touting 4G.
xaser04 9th April 2013, 13:29 Quote
Until they massively increase the Data caps, 4G is all but useless over a good 3G connection.
exceededgoku 9th April 2013, 13:49 Quote
I think if I was to download using the full amount of bandwidth for around 60 minutes then I would have exhausted my allocated bandwidth cap.

With nothing greater than 8GB it is kind of useless at the moment.

Before I had an UNLIMITED tariff with Tmobile, those were the days!
Mankz 9th April 2013, 15:03 Quote
They need to drop the prices and up the bundled data limit.

They also need to improve general 3G coverage first.. there are plenty of suburban black spots, let alone black holes in the countryside.
thom804 9th April 2013, 17:18 Quote
Double the fun, double the cost, double the complete waste of money...
themassau 9th April 2013, 23:02 Quote
my adsl speed is slower than this top speed. and about the same as the average speed.
(ps i live in Belgium and i have the fastest line of my provider for consumers)
longweight 9th April 2013, 23:33 Quote
Also remember that if you are using EE you cannot use the 3G network so if the 4G ain't workin' you ain't getting **** boy.
rowin4kicks 10th April 2013, 00:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by longweight
Also remember that if you are using EE you cannot use the 3G network so if the 4G ain't workin' you ain't getting **** boy.

As soon a you don't get 4g reception you revert back to 3g, so signal is always available.


You can get a 20gb package if you are willing to pay for it so lots of data I available if you want it.

4g isn't really aimed at power users that use 5gb+ a month at the moment. The proving isn't really sensible above the 1/3gb plans.
longweight 10th April 2013, 06:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rowin4kicks
As soon a you don't get 4g reception you revert back to 3g, so signal is always available.


You can get a 20gb package if you are willing to pay for it so lots of data I available if you want it.

4g isn't really aimed at power users that use 5gb+ a month at the moment. The proving isn't really sensible above the 1/3gb plans.

Oh, I was told that EE wouldn't give you 3g by a member of staff in one of their stores!
rowin4kicks 10th April 2013, 09:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by longweight
Oh, I was told that EE wouldn't give you 3g by a member of staff in one of their stores!

No that's incorrect, if you are on EE you have access to the whole EE network so 2g,3g and 4g, whereas if you are on T-Mobile or Orange you only have access to the 2g & 3g networks on EE.
Flibblebot 10th April 2013, 09:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by longweight
Oh, I was told that EE wouldn't give you 3g by a member of staff in one of their stores!
That would be commercial suicide, given how little of the country has 4G at the moment
rowin4kicks 10th April 2013, 09:44 Quote
At the moment only data travels over 4g on the EE plans, the calls and texts still go through on the 3g spectrum on the EE network.
LightningPete 10th April 2013, 14:30 Quote
4G on EE is pathetic. You get petty 2GB ish limits on something where you can download so quickly. Your not encouraging people at all unless they fork out even more. Its a monopoly that needs quashed. Hopefully when competition comes we can get high usage high speed for our mobile devices not feeling like were being punished financially to watch more than 5 HD videos from BBC iplayer whilst on the bus or train to work..... I do neither but you get my drift. Imagine streaming and hour long 720p clip and then finding out you got next to no bandwidth left to check your mail (who needs to just check emails and occasionally browse at 20mbps over the current 7~14 mbps in a city centre on 3G?
BLC 11th April 2013, 07:28 Quote
Wow. These guys are having a larf, surely? The top tier tariff is for 20gb data per month for the princely sum of £76 a month. At the equivalent of what I pay now - £41 per month - I'd get 1gb. I p*ss more data than that; I get through a good 200-400mb a day with spotify alone.

Sure, Cardiff has 4G, but right now I'm quite happy on 3G with ~7-9mbps download and no data cap.
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