UK mobile operator EE is bringing 4G to the Channel Tunnel and plans to have everything up and running for consumers by summer 2014. Not only will you be able to use super fast Internet when travelling between the UK and mainland Europe, but also 2G and 3G connectivity for those who don't have the latest and greatest hardware.
The journey through the Channel Tunnel only takes 35 minutes, which is by no means a huge amount of time to be disconnected in general. But those who are travelling for business or wish to contact someone within that period would soon be able to maintain connectivity and enjoy more cat videos, catch up on emails or chat on Facebook.
2G and 3G services are set to go live in the north running tunnel (UK to France) in March 2014. Here's what EE CTO, Fotis Karonis had to add to the announcement:
"We’re proud to offer customers a superfast 4G service when they’re travelling from the UK into Europe. It’s another technology first for EE, and it’s one that will make a big difference to business workers and people going away on holiday. Being connected is such an important part of travelling now and this will be another route we’ve covered with 4G, making a huge difference to millions of customers who can now make the most of their journey time."
This is a superb move by the company and for all the flak we've given EE in the past for bloated pricing on its plans (not to mention unfair competition regarding the early 4G rollout here in the UK), it's positive to see the network move to ensure consumers remain connected even when travelling below ground. Next task: to provide connectivity across the entire London Underground. We can only dream.
We'll be sure to keep you all updated on progress made.