Everything Everywhere, the umbrella company that now houses both the T-Mobile and Orange mobile networks, have announced that they are on track to launch the UK’s first fully-functioning 4G network before the end of 2012.
“Subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the roll out of 4G before the end of the year,” said Olaf Swantee, CEO at Everything Everywhere.
“There is a great opportunity for the UK to have the 21st Century network that it so deserves, putting the nation on a level playing field with other parts of Europe, the USA and Asia.”
The company also revealed their plans for a full roll-out of HSPA+ (3.5G) to the entirety of their user-base before the year’s end. The 3G upgrade currently serves roughly 60% of Everything Everywhere customers.
Plans to trial UK’s first 4G LTE over 1800MHz are also due to take place in Bristol from April thanks to the company.
“Everything Everywhere’s vision is to launch 4G for Britain as soon as possible, and the roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ and our 4G trials across Britain are major steps towards delivering on that promise,” said Swantee.
“The integration of the Orange and T-Mobile networks has already given our customers the widest 3G coverage in the UK – and I am pleased to say that with our advanced HSPA+ roll out they will also benefit from the fastest.”