EE to double 4G speeds in 10 cities by summer
April 9, 2013 // 11:20 a.m.
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.
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