EE has launched a new 4G router that it says could provide an ideal alternative for customers who live in areas with slow fixed-line broadband speeds.
The 4GEE Home Router offers download speeds of up to 90Mbps using the company's 4G network, which is the largest and fastest in the UK.
Up to 32 devices can connect to the router, meaning that, on a stable connection, it should be more than adequate for providing sufficient broadband speeds to a large household.
The portable router is 4G+ compatible, meaning that if users live in one of the 150 towns and cities across the UK that have access to EE's 4G+ network, they should receive download speeds equivalent to that of fibre broadband.
A total of 83 per cent of the UK's landmass is currently covered by EE 4G, and the network wants to increase this to 95 per cent by 2020.
The router is available for an upfront cost of £129.99 for pay as you go users, which includes 10GB of data.
Alternatively, the 4GEE Home Router is available with no upfront cost on 18-month contracts, which start at £25 per month for 10GB of data, increasing to £100 per month for a 200GB package - the biggest data bundle ever offered by the network.
Data caps can also be put in place, which may be useful for families worried about running up high bills.
EE's Managing Director of Marketing Max Taylor said the device is likely to appeal to a broad range of users.
"Our new 4GEE Home Router provides customers with a great alternative to fixed-line broadband using the UK’s fastest and most reliable mobile network,” he explained.
“It’s simple to set up and use straight out of the box, so it’s ideal for customers with slower fixed line speed or people who regularly move house and need instant Wi-Fi connectivity."
A lack of high-speed broadband can be damaging for rural communities, with recent research from Aberdeen University suggesting poor coverage puts them at risk of being "left behind" urban areas.