EE has unveiled a new partnership with Tech City, London's technology and startup hub, with the aim of making the region the best connected in the world.
The deal will see 4G access for businesses in Tech City, access to EE's network APIs for Tech City developers to make the most out of 4G, and business and mentoring support for startups in the area, which it believes will increase employment.
EE's double-speed 4G network, which it recently installed across the capital and launched in Tech City today, puts London ahead of New York in terms of data speeds. Average speeds are 24-30Mb, with top speeds hitting 80Mb, putting it in first place on the RootMetrics report for London. It is planning to test speeds of 130Mb later this year.
The company also promises to launch further 4G advancements in Tech City before any other part of the country, ensuring the technology hub remains at the cutting edge of mobile Internet connectivity.
Parts of Tech City will in future be serviced by free 4G Wi-Fi hotspots, though it is not clear when these will be operational.
“Our partnership with Tech City is designed to ensure UK businesses have the tools that they need to thrive, and to take the UK into a position as a world leader for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE.
EE and Tech City are also considering similar investment in Bath, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newry, Sheffield and Sunderland.