EE To Be The First UK 4G LTE Network

 

 

At the Everything Everywhere event yesterday the network announced that they will be launching the UK’s first 4G LTE network with a third of the population having access to the superfast service by the end of the year.

 

The network will be rebranded as “EE” and as expected the first places to get the service will be the major UK cities. London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham 4G services have been switched on to start the testing and systems integration process to get ready for customers.

 

16 cities will be connected by Christmas and these are – London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton.

 

 

The network will cover over 20 million people this year and as well as superfast 4G customers will have access to the biggest 3G UK network outside of 4G areas thanks to Everything Everywhere huge infrastructure of the T-Mobile and Orange networks.

 

Further areas will get coverage next year as EE aims to have 70% UK population coverage next year followed by 98% covered by 2014.

 

The company announced that the T-Mobile and Orange stores will be rebranded as EE stores with staff being trained to offer specialist advice in store on the latest 4G services. Customers on both the T-Mobile and Orange networks will see their phone signal indicator change to EE over the coming months but this will not change their existing plans.

 

Current customers will be amongst the first to have the option to move over to EE to access the 4G network.

 

The network will launch a number of 4G devices to complement the network and EE confirmed the launch of these handsets with more to come:

 

Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 820
HTC One XL
Huawei Ascend P1 LTE
Huawei E589 Mobile Wi-Fi
Huawei E392 Mobile Broadband stick

 

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