Everything Everywhere (EE), a digital communications company in the UK, has rolled out its 4G network in 11 cities today, Oct. 30, and will be in 16 cities by Christmas, covering 20 million people.
The 16 cities are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton.
The company claims it has become the first UK provider to start using the now vacant Analogue TV 800MHz band, giving its customers access to the new 4G network.
The 4G network will be accessible on a number of handsets including the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, HTC One XL and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
Until now, the UK has used 2G and 3G networks to connect phones and tablets to the internet. According to EE, 4G is the next big step in mobile network technology and will enable people to download apps more quickly and get what they want instantly on the move, with speeds 5-7 times faster than what you see today on 3G.
In addition to faster internet, 4G networks can carry much more data so that the mobile networks can better serve the increased number of people using the internet on their mobiles or using mobile broadband dongles
Research by Capital Economics, commissioned by EE, found that 4G could unlock £5.5 billion of direct private investment into the UK and create or safeguard 125,000 jobs over the next 3 years, said EE.
Moreover, the research found that the roll-out of a 4G network could provide Britain with a 0.5% GDP per year once fully adopted, and provide access to mobile superfast broadband to at least 10 million people who won’t be able to get fixed line superfast broadband by end of the decade.
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