EE snagged the title of the UK’s first 4G LTE carrier and now the company is moving on to bigger and better network speeds.
The carrier this week announced that it has switched on 4G+ in central London. 4G+ is perhaps better known as LTE-Advanced and offers speeds of up to 150Mbps via EE’s 2.6GHz spectrum. Users in Shoreditch, Old Street, Southbank, Soho, Westminster, and Kensington will be able to enjoy 4G+ provided they have a compatible phone. EE plans to expand to all of Great London by June of next year before moving on to other cities in the UK.
Right now, the network only sells two 4G+ compatible handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Both of these devices were announced in the last couple of months so today’s announcement will really only affect those that are in the market for a new phone or willing to pony up for a new device specifically for faster network speeds. Still, they’ve got to start somewhere and this is a start.
“The UK is now back to being a world leader in mobile networks,” said EE’s Olaf Swantee. “Just two years since we were behind every developed market from the US to Japan, we’ve invested in innovation, driven competition and given people in London a mobile network that’s faster than almost any other in the world, and even faster than most fibre broadband available here.”
EE is targeting Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester once its London rollout is complete.