EE’s new 300Mbps 4G network will use London’s Tech City as its initial launchpad, according to recent reports.
The superfast broadband service is scheduled to go live commercially in the middle of 2014; however, the service has already been turned on in this key area of the capital.
Companies operating within the Tech City area are to be invited to become partners and to road test the network ahead of its public launch. The operator has said that the network is likely to be of most benefit to companies operating in particularly data-heavy industries such as finance and the media.
EE has said that the change can be made through carrier aggregation or by using the 2.6GHz and 1800MHz of spectrum together.
Initially, mobile Wi-Fi units built by Huawei will provide the 300Mbps 4G, with handsets expected to arrive late in 2014.
Olaf Swantee, the CEO 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.”
Mr Swantee noted that the company’s analysts had predicted that data usage would grow significantly during the course of the next three years – possibly by as much as 750% – with both businesses and consumers conducting more and more of their activities online.
The EE CEO concluded that the new network represents the first part of a new infrastructure to meet the demands of an “increasingly data-hungry nation”.
Source: Mobile Today