EE has announced that it’s doubling the amount of the 1800MHz spectrum it currently devotes to its 4G network, leading to doubled mobile network data speeds in the process.
Upping the amount of the spectrum used for 4G from 10MHz to 20MHz, users hitting the highest speeds on the network will benefit from 80Mbps download speeds, while even the country-wide average will now top out at 20Mbps.
The widened spectrum amount will also lead to greater capacity, allowing more concurrent users on the network without affecting speeds.
“Mobile users in the UK have a huge appetite for data-rich applications, and this will only grow as people become more familiar with and reliant upon next generation technologies and services,” said EE CEO Olaf Swantee.
“Our double speed 4G network will provide developers with the quality and speeds needed to develop the next wave of killer 4G apps. Whatever innovations they come up with, we’re ready.”
Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield will be the first cities to benefit from the improved speeds by the summer, with the network aiming for one million subscribers by Christmas.
By Gerald Lynch | April 9th, 2013