Everything Everywhere (EE) today switch on their 4G service in 11 cities across the country today giving them around a 6 month head start on their rivals for being able to offer 4G services.
EE is the merged company of T-Mobile and Orange who already have the largest 3G network (due to the 2 companies merging), their new 4G service will offer mobile broadband speeds around 5 times faster than 3G can offer and up to 10 times faster is possible and will even be comparable to many users home broadband connection speeds.
The 4G service on offer will likely average download speeds of between 8Mb-10Mb with the possibility of the best conditions to even reach up to 40Mb speeds with your mobile device. Obviously the speed being received can vary and depends largely on what device users are using, how close to the 4G mast users are and the number of people on the network.
The 11 cities where EE 4G will be turned on today are Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. It is expected that a further 5 cities will also have 4G available to them by Christmas with more cities and rural locations planned for 2013 and 98% of the population to have 4G coverage from EE by the end of 2014.
EE are investing £1.5 billion in their network which will expand at a rate of 2,000 square miles every month.
Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, said:
“Today is a landmark day for our company, the UK mobile industry and, most importantly, the country’s businesses and consumers.
But this is just the start as our 4G network will continue to grow stronger and wider by the day. We’re investing £1.5 billion in our network to be the first company to offer mobile 4G in the UK, alongside the biggest 3G network. Combined with our Fibre Broadband and revolutionary service model we have a pioneering and unique offer to customers across the UK – superfast speeds in the home, superfast speeds on the move and expert service on nearly every high street in Britain.”
Along with launching the 4G network EE have also launched EE Fibre Broadband too which is available to 11 million people at present via the BT Openreach network.
New customers can check 4G coverage or buy a 4G device with mobile plan online or from one of the 700 newly re-branded EE shops on the high street.