Additional partnerships set to launch early next year along with LTE roaming abroad for EE customers

UK carrier EE has announced that it's the first network operator to launch "inbound 4G roaming" for visitors to the UK, having reached its first LTE roaming agreement with U.S. operator AT&T. That means — technology-permitting — that AT&T subscribers should be able to roam on EE's 4G LTE network in the UK at some point in the future.

And there'll also be benefits for EE customers traveling overseas, as the operator says it'll open up LTE roaming to subscribers in the first half of 2014, though no specifics were revealed in today's announcement. EE currently offers a variety of roaming packages for traveling customers, but at present these top out at HSPA data speeds.

It's worth noting that LTE roaming agreements, while important, may still be hampered by the great variety of frequencies used by LTE networks around the world. AT&T, for instance, has much of its LTE deployed on 700MHz, while EE primarily uses 1800MHz. As such most devices currently sold on one network don't support the other's LTE bands.

Nevertheless agreements like this, and the recent partnership between AT&T and Canadian operator Rogers, are a significant first step. For its part, EE says it plans to announce more 4G roaming partners early next year.

Press Release


· EE is the first UK operator to launch inbound 4G roaming for travellers on international networks visiting the UK
· First agreement with AT&T, with more to launch early next year
· EE customers set to benefit from 4G speeds when travelling abroad by the first half of next year

16th December, 2013 – EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced the first 4G LTE roaming agreement in the UK, with AT&T. EE is set to launch additional partnerships early next year.

EE is the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network, and will cover more than 160 towns and cities by Christmas. This makes EE the partner of choice for international operators looking to offer their customers the best voice quality and the fastest and most reliable internet experience when using their mobile devices in the UK.

With average speeds of 24-30Mbps in major cities across the UK, customers on partner networks will be able to fully unlock the potential of their smartphones abroad – allowing them to instantly load maps, search the best activities and restaurants and post updates on their travels to friends and family back home.

Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE said: “Technology is not just shaping how people book and research holidays; but what they look for when they are choosing a country to visit. From finding their way to local landmarks, to avoiding the Oxford street crowds by shopping on their tablet, tourists are increasingly looking for fast and reliable mobile experiences when they travel abroad.

With the biggest and fastest 4G network in the UK, we can provide our partners’ customers with the best mobile experience to stay connected when they visit the UK.”

The adoption of 4G LTE around the world is happening much faster than 3G as people rely on fast mobile internet to stay connected on the go.[1] In order to unlock the full potential of 4G roaming, EE is working with our Rest of World partners on innovative new wholesale models to ensure customers have access to the data they need to stay connected abroad.


Reader comments

EE announces 4G LTE roaming agreement, AT&T first partner network


Qualcomm's latest generation of Snapdragon SOC 's have multiband, in addition to other capabilities, making universal smartphones capable.

Qualcomm, an American company, innovates awesome technology.

I wonder if Samsung is going to go the route (fork) of using their proprietary chips and operating system over the next couple of years.

Really didn't want to reply, but first, there are other countries, and this is an international site. I type this from the US as well.

Second, this involves AT&T working in the UK with a UK carrier. Not a UK carrier working in the US, which would be news anyways.

"ALEX DOBIE Managing Editor

'AC's resident *Brit*, cooking up piping-hot bowls of European Android coverage every day.'"

Holy effing sh*t. So you really don't have any idea of what timezones are, do you?

*Now I really hope that you're trolling*

Mercdroid, you were saying?

Dammit man, I am a commenter not a clairvoyant!

Because guess what, the world doesn't stop and end at the east and west coasts of the good old US of A. Mobile phone technology is available in other countries believe it or not. Instead of spending time on internet forums, go back to school and get an education. Android central is a world wide site!!

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sweet. i'm sure it's expensive though so in the meantime a temporary swap for a local SIM is probably a better option - but it's nice to know you can roam natively in a pinch if you had to.

i look forward to the day when you can roam anywhere in the world with no extra charges. it's coming. someday. this is the first step.

p.s. hey Dobie - next camera test can we can get a pic of some proper fish and chips please?

This is a technology announcement, and nothing more. Not a single reference to cost was included from either party.

If you are going to the UK, its still cheaper to buy a sim from 3 than to roam using your AT$T sim.

So pop a AT&T Sim in a phone that supports 1800 and profit in the U.K.?

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Funny enough, the Sprint & Verizon iPhone(5x) have the needed frequencies to roam on EE but not the AT&T iPhone(5x)

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