EE rolls out ‘world’s fastest’ 4G network with up to 300Mbps speeds
Superfast mobile network will initially cover London’s Tech City
Telecommunications company EE today switched on its new super-fast 4G mobile network, which it says is the fastest of its kind in the world.
Based on LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile broadband technology, EE says the network is capable of reaching 300Mbps download speeds – several times faster than most traditional broadband providers.
The network is now available through a Wi-Fi router to companies operating in London’s Tech City, with a full roll-out across London planned throughout 2014.
EE says the network’s launch is planned to cope with an expected surge in data usage as 4G-compatible devices become widely available, with a 750% rise in downloads expected over the next three years.
The first commercial devices that can take full advantage of the network’s speeds are set to be released by Chinese comms giant Huawei in mid-2014, although EE has said selected Tech City companies will participate in a beta testing program from December this year.
EE claims the eventual widespread use of such high-speed networks will enable many vital business applications to move to the cloud, whilst consumers will be able to access ultra high-definition video and content on the go.
The company even claims the increased bandwidth offered by LTE-A technology could see media companies replace satellite trucks and connections with a small number of 4G SIM cards.
Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE, said: “Today we are introducing the next age of 4G mobile technology to the UK. 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.
“The network we’re switching on today in Tech City uses the spectrum that we acquired in the Ofcom spectrum auction earlier this year, and is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of an increasingly data-hungry nation, enabling us to stay one step ahead of the demand.”