EE announced this morning at an event in London that it will double the average speed of 4G access in 10 cities by summer to 20Mbps, that’s up from an average of 8 to 10Mbps.
These are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
The improvements will cover the city centres up to the suburbs, will be available for new and existing subscribers for free and up to speeds will reach 80Mbps.
By the end of the June, just over half of the UK population will be covered by EE’s 4G network, just eight months after it was launched.
Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive Officer of the company, referred to the announcement as EE’s next stage in network leadership.
He also disclosed that the mobile phone operator has reached speeds of up to 130Mbps in labs and said that it will start LTE-Advanced trials by end 2013.
LTE-Advanced is considered as the next logical milestone in the evolution of LTE and will be instrumental in allowing EE to reach speeds of around 300Mbps thanks to Carrier Aggreagation.
EE, Swantee added, is looking to double the 4G network capacity to ensure that that the company is ready for the expected meteoric growth in data consumption. That’s expected to increase seven fold over the next three years.
In addition, EE has revealed that it wants to reach the one million 4G user milestone by the end of the year or roughly eight per cent of the EE pay monthly user base (which also consists of Orange and T-Mobile 3G users).
The announcement comes after the recent 4G auctions saw EE adding 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum to its existing 1.8GHz and 2.1GHz spectrum.
It was also revealed that EE plans to unveil new services for its customers which will include voice over Wi-Fi (which almost certainly means using hotspots and femtocells) and voice over LTE or VoLTE.