Everything Everywhere, the horribly named merged company of Orange and T-Mobile, has pledged to double the speed of available 4G internet to mobile customers by this summer, but unfortunately only in a handful of cities.
As it currently stands, 4G data speeds are averaging around the 10Mbit mark. With this summer’s upgrade, customers can expect to see average speeds as high as 20Mbps. To compensate for this, EE will be doubling its capacity to cope with the extra load placed on the network.
However while 20 Mbps might not sound particularly impressive, those average speeds aren’t even close to the theoretical maximum of the technology, which Wired reports could go as high as 80 Mbps in the right circumstances.
Wondering if your home town will get a look at these new speeds? Here’s the ten involved in the upgrade scheme:
EE said that it has plans to bring 4G speeds to as much as 98 per cent of the UK by the end of 2014 – presumably meaning close to 100 per cent of the UK will be covered by 4G or 3G services.
KitGuru Says: Of course EE isn’t alone any more. Three has a decent 20Mbps speed 4G network already up and running and other’s aren’t far behind. EE might have been first to the party, but it’s not the life of it any more.