EE 4G to double in speed

EE 4G to double in speed
With other networks (most notably Three) ramping up their existing 3G speeds, EE had to do something. Three are already offering speeds on their DC-HSDPA+ network of around 12Mbps and were keen to state that they’re not in a hurry with 4G because it would only offer customers around 14Mbps.

In response EE have today announced that they are doubling the speed and capacity of their 4G network. They will be doubling the average speeds for 4GEE customers to more than 20Mbps and future proofing their network.

“Lab speeds” are now said to be 130Mbps and the “headline 4G speed” is said to be over 80Mbps if you’re sitting next to a totally unused 4G cell.

The new double-speed 4G isn’t instant though. EE tell us that it will roll out to ten existing 4G cities by summer – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield. If you’ve signed up already then don’t worry, the improvements will be automatically available within existing plans to new and current customers. However, increased speed means that you can chomp through that data allowance even quicker.

We’ll have more on this as we get it. Dan is reporting live from the launch event as we speak. However, you can get more information about double speed 4G below.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure EE thinks everyone is stupid. So, we can get 4G speeds in a handful of places in the country – big whoop. Problem is, once you’ve downloaded your whateveritis super fast, all your data allowance is gone and you can’t download anything (unless you are willing to sell your grandmother, whom you’ve probably sold anyway to pay for your 4G contract!).

    At least with Three coverage is slightly better, and you don’t have to worry about using up your data before the end of the month. 12Mbit is fast enough for smartphone stuff, lets face it. When most people’s home broadband still doesn’t exceed a sustained 10Mb/s, who the hell do they think cares about downloading to a smartphone a bit faster?