EE has announced plans to upgrade its 4G network to support the next generation of smartphones that work on Cat 9 networks.
This will mean that top-level devices, such as the HTC M10, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 when it's available, will theoretically be able to achieve 4G speeds as high as 450Mbps.
They are likely to be lower in reality, although EE said that a test using the HTC M10 at Wembley Stadium achieved 360Mbps.
It is not yet known whether the iPhone 7 will support Cat 9 technology, but we should find out soon with the unveiling just two days away.
The move to Cat 9 will follow the push to Cat 6 that EE has already carried out. Some 150 towns and cities in the UK now support the technology, which offers speeds as high as 330Mbps.
EE said that using this Cat 6 base will allow the firm to rapidly offer Cat 9 services in key locations, chiefly London and the East End area of Tech City. Other major cities such as Birmingham and Manchester are planned for 2017.
Newly installed EE chief executive Marc Allera explained that the move will allow high-end devices to receive top-of-the-range network speeds.
“There’s no point having the latest smartphones on a network that can’t support the top speeds the device is capable of,” he said.
“We’ve invested in our network to ensure that all of our customers get the most out of the amazing smartphones they have, and can keep up with the highest speeds that the latest devices offer.”
Ever increasing mobile network speeds will become more important to the average phone user, as even if most don't require such speeds now, the increasing use of devices for everything from video content to cloud services will cause this to grow.
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