EE customers will soon be able to take advantage of mobile broadband speeds of up to 450Mbps, as it begins to roll out the next phase of 4G network support.
The UK mobile network provider plans to activate a new band of mobile spectrum in a number of UK cities as early as this year; supporting the new range of Cat 9 Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) smartphone devices, which are beginning to hit the market.
EE has already deployed the first stage of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network – which uses two blocks of mobile spectrum – in more than 150 towns and cities across the U.K. EE claims this base, which supports Cat 6 devices, will allow them to swiftly offer Cat 9 services in the UK’s busiest cities throughout 2016 and 2017; starting in London, and spreading to key locations such as Birmingham and Manchester.
“There’s no point having the latest smartphones on a network that can’t support the top speeds the device is capable of,” said EE CEO, Marc Allera.
“With 4G+ now supporting Cat 9 devices, plus Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling, customers on EE will continue to get more from their new smartphone than on any other network in the UK.”
To enable world-leading speeds, EE combines 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with 35MHz of 2600MHz spectrum to create 55MHz of spectrum deployed for 4G services. This provides the highest capacity of any UK operator through the most spectrum deployed for 4G services – resulting in less congestion and faster speeds than other operators
Today, EE's 4G network covers more than two thirds of the UK landmass – more than any other network – and is aiming to reach 95% by 2020.