EE starts rolling out 4G+ in London; further expansion next year

Good news for EE customers as the UK carrier has started deploying LTE-A or 4G+ as the company is advertising it. This is the next generation of wireless technology, one that should improve everyone’s speeds and access to the internet.

EE will be the second UK carrier to deploy this technology after Vodafone announced they had begun rolling out 4G+ two weeks ago. LTE-A is considered to be the future of wireless communication and a strong foundation for years to come; it’s already being deployed in certain markets around the world.

Olaf Swantee, chief executive at EE explained:

The UK is now back to being a world leader in mobile networks. Just two years since we were behind every developed market from the US to Japan, we’ve invested in innovation, driven competition and given people in London a mobile network that’s as faster than almost any other in the world, and even faster than most fibre broadband available here

The new technology allows compatible devices to use more than one LTE connection at the same time by employing different bands. It allows for theoretical speeds of up to 300 Mbps though real world cases will probably peak at only half that number.

Despite that, many people will still see a benefit from the new technology, even if their handsets aren’t compatible. That’s because the new handsets will be using different radio bands which will free up some bandwidth, so even those with older devices will begin to see more consistent speeds online.

Right now, only customers in London will get to benefit from 4G+ but EE says it has plans to roll out the new technology to Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool next year.

Source: The Guardian

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