To be fair to EE (formerly Everything Everywhere), it’s generally ahead of the game when it comes to UK 4G, and indeed it’s officially the first UK mobile network to offer LTE-A technology – or LTE-Advanced to use the name on its birth certificate.
EE is calling its LTE-A service 4G+ - not be confused with plain old 4G, or EE’s existing Double Speed offering. Facts and figures below.
The headline here is that EE 4G+ delivers up to 300Mbps thanks to the magic of carrier aggregation, though the network describes the figure as a “theoretical maximum” and concedes that real-world performance is likely to be half that (150Mbps, for the mathematically challenged).
To give those numbers some context, EE’s Double Speed 4G comes in with a 24-30Mbps average, and a “theoretical maximum” of 150Mbps.
Predictably, Central London is the first area to taste EE 4G+, while Greater London will join the party next year. The UK’s “busiest cities” are also earmarked for super-fast data soon(ish), including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
EE CEO Olaf Sawantee beams: “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 faster than almost any other in the world, and even faster than most fibre broadband available here.”
Of course, to take advantage you’ll need a compatible phone, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Alpha. Notable holdouts, however, include the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Furthermore, you’ll need to get yourself signed up to 4GEE Extra or a Corporate 4GEE plan, or its no deal, gringo.