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EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device.

The carrier has stated that users in an area with 4G+ connectivity will see speeds up to 90Mbps, going up to as much as 150Mbps for 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE plan customers. To access the faster speeds, you also need a device with an LTE Category 4 modem and above, which is seen in devices like the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha, as well as the Xperia Z3, HTC One M8 and more.

EE's network uses the 2.6GHz high capacity spectrum, and is available across large swathes of central London, including Shoreditch, Old Street, Southbank, Soho, Westminster and Kensington. The carrier is expected to have full 4G+ coverage in London by June 2015, after which rollout will commence to other cities, like Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

In addition to the 4G+ rollout, EE has mentioned that its 4G coverage has now reached 300 cities and large towns.

UK readers, are you excited about the rollout of 4G+?

30th October 2014, EE, the UK's biggest mobile operator, today switched on its 4G+ network in central London. The next step in 4G technology – also known as LTE-Advanced – will give customers access to one of the fastest networks in the world, delivering real world mobile data speeds of 150Mbps to a smartphone.

Mobile data usage is growing rapidly all the time, and faster speeds mean everyone can have quicker downloads, more efficient working, and quicker internet access. EE currently ranges two 4G+ compatible devices – the Samsung Alpha and the Samsung Note 4.

The new 4G+ technology uses EE's 2.6GHz high capacity spectrum, and is available in large parts of central London, including Shoreditch, Old Street, Southbank, Soho, Westminster and Kensington. By June 2015, EE aims to have full 4G+ coverage across Greater London, and will then introduce 4G+ across the UK's busiest cities, including Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Faster 4GEE for everyone

4G+ will deliver peak speeds of around 150Mbps, on a par with the fastest mobile networks in the world. On top of this, the additional airwaves being used for 4G+ add new capacity for all EE customers, like adding extra lanes to a motorway, giving an uplift to all customers in the 4G+ enabled locations – great news as the capital's streets fill with smartphone using shoppers in the run up to Christmas.

4G+ and the additional speeds and capacity will also be a huge boost for the tens of thousands of business customers in London, who can trust that EE will continue to invest in maintaining a highly reliable, high capacity service to support the UK's increasingly mobile workforce.

Olaf Swantee, CEO at EE, said:

"The UK is now back to being a world leader in mobile networks. Just two years since we were behind every developed market from the US to Japan, we've invested in innovation, driven competition and given people in London a mobile network that's faster than almost any other in the world, and even faster than most fibre broadband available here.

"We're delighted to be able to exclusively offer our business and consumer customers on EE plans the fastest speeds available in the UK. We're now the largest 4G network in Europe, but it doesn't stop here. We'll keep investing to make sure that all our customers can get access to the great mobile technology that can make a real difference to the way they live their digital lives."

300 4G towns and cities

At the same time as delivering new 4G+ speeds to the capital, EE continues to roll out 4G to the whole of the UK. 19 more towns and cities have been switched on this month, with Warwick the 300th 4G town and city to go live. 4G from EE is available to more than 75% of the UK population.

The 19 new 4G towns switched on this month are: Alexandria (Scotland), Banbury, Biggleswade, Blaydon, Catterick Garrison, Cookstown (Northern Ireland), Garforth, Greenock, Holmfirth, Limavady (Northern Ireland), Maltby, Oxted, Penicuik (Scotland), Tring, Waltham Cross, Warminster, Warwick, Winterbourne, and Ystrad Mynach (Wales).

Double Speed 4G

EE's unique Double Speed 4G is also expanding across the UK. The network with speeds up to 60Mbps is now available in 20 places and to more than 50% of the UK population, and will widely cover 20 more large towns and cities by the end of the year.

4GEE customers

Just two years since launching 4G into the UK EE now has more than six million 4GEE customers, making it the largest 4G network in Europe.

4G+: speeds and spectrum

Mobile data speeds in 4G+ areas will regularly be up to 90Mbps, and customers will see speeds as high as 150Mbps, for users with a compatible device on a 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE plan.

The new speeds are achieved through 'carrier aggregation', combining 20MHz in each of the 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, enabling a theoretical maximum speed of 300Mbps.

The additional 20MHz of spectrum doubles the capacity of our network in London, increasing average speeds for all 4GEE customers, no matter what device they're using or which 4GEE plan they're on.

Fotis Karonis, CTO at EE, said:

"We're building a network for the future. We're making sure that there is enough speed, enabled by enough capacity, to let our growing 4GEE customer base do all the amazing things that are just breaking through now – 4K video over 4G, wearable technology, and increasingly sophisticated mobile business apps. Capacity is the lifeblood of a good mobile service, and we're adding more here to give our customers the best possible mobile experience, now and into the future."

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

17 Comments
  • EE needs to provide an Unlimited data plan or all this means nothing. Posted via Android Central App
  • +4G Plus i's too damn expensive
  • +iden Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or verizon Galaxy S5 or maybe one day through my moto 360
  • Wow! That's pretty dam fast! Posted via Android Central App
  • It just means you can use up your paltry data allowance faster. And its just London.
  • I'm an EE customer and 4G is not great in London. Maybe it's more about bandwidth rather than speed because I tend to get a very slow speed in Oxford Street at present - often less than 3mbs. I'm on an HTC One M7. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I still don't understand why we don't see speeds like this in the U.S. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The vast size of the country must surely make it more difficult to do. Americans think nothing of driving tens of miles to get to the nearest store. If I did that here, I'd end up in the sea. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's an old and silly excuse. Sure, in the middle of desert where no one lives, I wouldn't expect speeds like that. But in the Northeast Megalopolis from Boston to Washington, with very high population densities, we should have it. And since, other than San Francisco, the Northeast it is all that matters, that would be fine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • anywhere Verizon has "XLTE" in it's best form has a peak speed of 150 Mbps. AT&T is also rolling out LTE-A, and Sprint has Spark and T-Mobile has wideband. Posted via the Android Central App
  • But you have to pay a lot for 4g in the UK. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meanwhile rural and coastal areas can hardly even get 3G and broadband despite huge government subsidies. Posted via Android Central App
  • Excited? not really. Just give me a /stable/ 2Mbps+ connection so I can listen to streaming radio and I'll be happy with that. I'm almost at the end of my contract with 3, and will probably renew with them, but by the time I get 4G where I live, it'll be time for another contract. It's just too slow to happen, much like the OPO rollout: by the time it's readily available, you've forgotten why you want it.
  • People want fast speed, but consistent coverage should be more important. I will guess the reason the US gets faster speeds last, is due to the existing infrastructure and the level of regulations.
  • Got no issues with 4G, when you get it, it's more than fast enough. I've got 80Mb/s. There is the odd congested spot but the main problem is still the deadspots such as small train tunnels etc where the rececption is poor on all radios. EE need to work on this big time. Yes, it s a tough task but this is often where reception is needed most, when you are sitting waiting around to get to your chosen desitination.
  • That's the biggest issue for me. I don't need 4G when I'm at work because I have wifi there. It's when I'm in Oxford Street or on the way home on the train that I need it most, and that's when I get the worst reception. Very frustrating! Posted via the Android Central App
  • U get 80mb/s. That is slow as hell ! Or do u mean 80Mbps? By the way, it's not about speed. It's about latency Posted via the Android Central App