EE scored itself a cheeky Ofcom-endorsed head start in UK 4G just over a year ago, and more recently O2 and Vodafone have joined the party.
Stepping ahead of the competition once again, EE, “the UK’s most advanced digital communications company”, is unleashing 300Mbps LTE-Advanced on London’s Tech City today.
On the technical side of things, EE’s LTE-Advanced has a “theoretical maximum speed” of 300Mbps, achieved by “carrier aggregation”, which brings together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum.
EE reckons the technology will be vital in meeting future consumer and business needs, with data usage expected to rise by 750% over the next three years. At present, BBC iPlayer streams at 5Mbps, but soon we’ll be streaming 4K TV at 20Mbps.
As for future EE LTE-Advanced availability, the network says only that it’ll roll out across London throughout 2014, but of course you’ll need an LTE-Advanced compatible device to take advantage.
EE’s CEO, Olaf Sawantee, yells: “The network we’re switching on today in Tech City uses the spectrum that we acquired in the Ofcom spectrum auction earlier this year, and is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of an increasingly data-hungry nation, enabling us to stay one-step ahead of the demand.”
The press release adds that EE now has 1.2 million 4G customers, with its 4G network covering 131 towns and cities, roughly 60% of the UK’s population.