EE to trial LTE-Advanced in London from December

Always looking to cement its lead over rival providers, UK LTE network operator EE has announced that it's partnered with Huawei to bring data speeds of up to 300Mbps to London's Tech City, as part of its LTE-Advanced trials. The scheme will kick off in December in conjunction with businesses in Tech City, an area of East London home to many high-tech organizations. Customers won't be able to get these faster data speeds directly on devices until mid-2014 though, instead the trial will begin using Huawei Cat. 6 Wifi hotspots, which will provide access over an 802.11 ac connection.

To achieve such high speeds EE says it's paired 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum with a further 20MHz of 2.6GHz obtained through the recent 4G spectrum auction. The EE 300Mbps trial is due to be extended to other parts of London in 2014 — naturally, you'll need an as yet unreleased Cat. 6 mobile device to take advantage of the faster network when it's available.

Source: EE (opens in new tab)

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  • Why not bring LTE to more places (South East?!) first? Posted from my Galaxy Nexus
  • Because the world revolves around London according to them, even though the capital is already saturated with fast, affordable internet access >:(
  • I'm not even that far from London :( Posted from my Galaxy Nexus
  • Tell me about it, I don't understand why they can't trial some of this stuff in areas that actually need it. Or failing that, at least turn up the wick a bit on 3G. Posted via Android Central App
  • Some of the towns that they've rolled out into have been really obscure. Loads of major towns and cities still waiting Posted via Android Central App
  • 300Mbps? Wow, I can now burn through the absurdly low data cap in a matter of minutes!
  • A little over 10 seconds on their 500MB tariff. Posted via Android Central App
  • How about EE sort out there ridiculously over saturated 3G network first? Where I work in Chiswick I can't connect to 3G for love nor money even though I have the H+ symbol on my phone. Most annoying!
  • In Brighton there is no LTE, yet they still plaster their 4g billboards across the town. Surely a bit misleading. Regardless, 3g speeds are easily quick enough (where signal strength is good) to do anything a phone can do. Unless you're downloading torrents over your mobile network I don't really see the point of paying extra, especially as you end up with a ludicrous cap so you can't even watch more than a couple of things on Netflix Posted via Android Central App
  • I switched to Three because of their price promise. unlimited data on LTE at 12.90 a month, with 200 mins and 5000 texts. Its a rolling monthly contract. That paired with their insanely high H+ speeds make it a no brainer. Posted via Android Central App