EE to launch UK's first 4G network on October 30th


EE plans to launch the UK's first LTE network on October 30th, according to a press release which was sent out today. EE, along with UK carriers, have only just reached an agreement with Ofcom and the government to bring forward the launch of multi-carrier 4G launches, which will take place in spring 2013.

As revealed at the recent EE conference, the carrier expects to cover 16 cities by the end of this year, launching in 10 on October 30th - a strong lead on competition in the industry. The full statement from EE CEO Olaf Swantee reads as follows:

"We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30th October 2012.

This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time. We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand."

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The 16 cities for 2012 LTE coverage

The carrier will be sporting the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 at launch, with both being fully equipped to handle the increased speeds from the 4G upgrade, according to the EE press release.


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EE to launch UK's first 4G network on October 30th


From the EE website:
'When we launch 4GEE, 10 of the 16 cities shown will be enabled. Those are London, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Sheffield.'  Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham, Newcastle and Southampton are the ones to be enabled by the end of the year.
And 'Our plans will be revealed soon, you can sign up at ee.co.uk to keep yourself updated'
No 'new' news on the Lumia 920 and 820 or any other windows phones but the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE will be made available on Orange and T-Mobile from today. This is in addition to the iPhone 5 which was already available, and the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE will be added to the 4G line up on October 15.
Might be handy to update the article with some / all of the above.

Seems we how have a lunch window for the Window Phone 8 Lumia's in the UK now. just wish they would get a move on with announcing pricing of plans.

THIS. also, what will this mean for those of us currently on Orange or T Mob? Is the 920 likely to mean a new contract on EE? The contract timing happens to be bang on for me but, as i understand it, are these new handsets likely to be tied to an exclusive EE plan and as such MORE expensive than Orange already are?? Oh the humanity.

I wonder what took so long; Canada's had LTE for at least a year now, and we're a much less dense and less populated country than the UK.

What are you seriously going to do o. 4G that you can't already do on HSDPA? Three are already rolling out upto 41Mbps HSDPADC, but beyond filesharing, what is there to do on 4G?? Also, wait until we see the pricing and bandwidth limits first, I pay £8 per month to three for 600m/3000t and unlimited (truely unlimited) data. I have 3G minimum practically everywhere I go, except on high speed trains where it falls back onto EE (orange), and in most places I have HSDPA. I stream videos, download music etc, nothing takes very long at all, and using BandWidth (used to be on the marketplace), I generally pull about 5-6Mbps. EE haven't even got decent coverage on their 3G network yet, with a hell of lot of places being GPRS only still!! There is a motto, dont try to run before you can walk, maybe they should think about upgrading their entire network to a current generation high speed network, like there's is, instead of playing this bitpart role, whilst any customers not living in a major city, continues to suffer...

On the LTE world series blog, EE mentions the likely speed for LTE for end user is around 10 - 12 mbps. Is it really worth it?

Via Engadget - "The announcement also took the opportunity to confirm the handsets that will be available at launch, which include the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, HTC One XL and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE."
Looks like the 820 and 920 will be out in the UK around the 30th at the latest, maybe earlier on T-Mobile and Orange.
If I'm lucky, I may be able to upgrade to the 920 from my current contract with T-Mobile. As cool as 4G is, I won't be in the coverage area often enough to justify paying any more than the equivalent T-Mobile contract. We'll see how the tarrifs are though.

I'm looking forward to LTE in the UK, not that I'm going to get it myself...
Its been said that 90% of data is used by 10% of users on 3G networks. Hopefully a load of these users will move over to LTE freeing up the 3G networks.
I'm with Three UK and get HSDPA in most places I go to, often though network congestion (too many users) slows data speeds right down.
As MATTLFC said, 41Mbps HSDPA DC is rolling out nationally and with a compatible phone (Lumia 920, iphone 5 & others) speeds of 10+ mbps are achievable. I listened to one iphone 5 review and the guy was getting 13mbps on Three in london.