EE has switched on its 300Mbps 4G services in the Tech City area of East London as it moves to future proof its network from huge demands.
EE first announced its intention to launch the service last month and EE chief executive Olaf Swantee confirmed on Tuesday that the service is now live for firms in the capital to start using.
“Our analysts predict that data usage will grow significantly over the next three years. In fact, our trend-mapping shows that data usage is set to rise by 750 percent in that period, as consumers and companies conduct more of their business and lives online,” he said.
“The network we’re switching on today in Tech City uses the spectrum that we acquired in the Ofcom spectrum auction earlier this year, and is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of an increasingly data-hungry nation.”
EE will provide participants with a Huawei dongle that can latch on to the network and then broadcast a WiFi signal for devices such as phones and laptops to connect to. A top speed of 200Mbps will be available for devices on 802.11ac WiFi standard and around 20 devices can connect to the dongle.
The service will eventually be rolled out across London through 2014, but first it will be offered to companies in Tech City during December so they can be the first to use the service.
The firm said it had enabled speeds of up to 300Mbps by using ‘carrier aggregation’ to pair 20MHz of its spectrum at 1800MHz and 20MHz at 2.6GHz spectrum to deliver the LTE Advanced service.
The update is the latest push by EE on its network as it touts 1.2 million customers using its 4G services and 131 locations live around the UK.
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