The UK's first 4G LTE network, operated by EE, will kick off in just under four weeks on Tuesday, Oct. 30, alongside EE's new fiber broadband network. The news was revealed in a statement from EE CEO Olaf Swantee this morning. No details of pricing were made available in today's announcement, but EE did confirm that the 4G network will cover ten major UK cities at launch. The carrier's coverage checker is now live, showing 4G availability at launch in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
The news follows an agreement between EE and rival networks, brokered by Ofcom and the British government, which accelerates the launch of rival 4G services.
Today's full statement from Swantee reads --
“We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30th October 2012.
“This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.
“We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand.”
4G Android launch devices include the HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE and Galaxy Note 2 LTE.