UK's first 4G LTE network goes live

UK's first 4G LTE network goes live
The first 4G LTE network in the country, dubbed 4GEE, has officially launched in 11 cities across the UK.

4G Launch
The initial rollout of 4G mobile service from EE covers Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. EE, which is the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile, has said that 5 additional cities, including Newcastle, Belfast, Southampton, Hull, Nottingham, will have 4G connectivity by the end of this year.

The fourth generation mobile network can instantaneously load content rich websites, seamlessly stream high-definition live TV content without buffering, and offer typical download speeds that are around five times faster than the existing 3G mobile networks.

In addition to that, EE has also launched its Fibre Broadband service with the potential to serve 11 million homes with speeds of up to 76 Mbps - that’s ten times faster than the average UK ADSL broadband speed.

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, 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.”

If you're eager to dive into the digital future as early as possible, you’ll need to sign up for one of EE’s specific 4G tariffs. Prices range from just £36 to £56 a month, depending on the amount of Internet data required (from 500 MB to a whopping 8 GB). There’s no need to worry about going over your allowances: 4G Plans will come with unlimited minutes and texts, and you can top up data as and when you need it.

Of course, you'll also need a 4G LTE compatible handset, and luckily there's already a healthy selection of smartphones to choose from, including Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. More top of the line phones from your favourite brands are already on the horizon, so be sure to check out our detailed 4G page for the latest offers.


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