London's Tech City will be the launchpad for EE's 300MBps 4G network, with the operator hoping to make the product commercially available from the middle of 2014.
EE turned on the service today (5 November) in east London, with it being rolled out across the UK's capital from 2014. From next month, companies in the Tech City area will be invited to become exclusive partners and roadtest the network ahead of a commercial launch next summer. The operator said data-hungry industries such as the financial services and the media could benefit the most from these new 4G speeds.
EE said it can make the change through carrier aggregation, or using its 1800MHz and 2.6GHz of spectrum together. Initially mobile wi-fi units built by Huawei will offer the 300MBps 4G, with handsets expected to follow in late 2014.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: 'Today we are introducing the next age of 4G mobile technology to the UK. Our existing 4G network delivers incredible mobile data speeds and covers millions of people across the country, but we never stand still. We know that mobile data usage is going to keep increasing, and rapidly so.
'Our analysts predict that data usage will grow significantly over the next three years. In fact, our trend-mapping shows that data usage is set to rise by 750% in that period, as consumers and companies conduct more of their business and lives on-line.
'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.'
Author: Graeme Neill