UK mobile phone customers of Everything Everywhere (EE) will get access to 4G broadband this year, the company has pledged, pending the approval of regulatory bodies.
A series of delays to the 4G spectrum auction meant that next-gen network technology was not due to be available in the UK until next year. But that’s before EE, the umbrella brand that includes Orange and T-Mobile, weighed in with some good news today.
According to the company’s Chief Executive Olaf Swantee, EE plans to make 4G available a year ahead of schedule in October, providing mobile broadband speeds that dwarf those currently available on 3G.
And the really, really good news is that, if regulators approve the plan, it’s not just Orange and T-Mobile customers who’ll feel the benefit. Three and Virgin Media subscribers, which hitch a ride on EE’s network, would too.
Swantee said: "The UK has been ahead in this industry for many years and we need to get that back.
"As we are the largest in this market we believe it is our duty to lay the groundwork for a future digital Britain."