UK mobile operator EE has announced today that the company will be investing £275 million in mobile calls next year. The plan is to drive new benchmarks for quality and reliability when using your mobile phone to make a call. In total, 11,000 2G sites are being upgraded on the network, while capacity will be doubled on 7,000 3G sites. Experiencing some slowdowns? Hopefully those will soon be a thing of the past.
That's the plan for 2014, anyway. This investment is part of a £1.5 billion network pool of funding. Here's what Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE had to comment on the announcement:
"While we consistently outperform on the standard UK benchmark for voice call quality and reliability, I don’t believe the benchmark is right. I think the UK mobile industry can do better, and we intend to improve the experience for our customers, taking our quality and reliability to levels to those achieved by other operators across Europe."
The company boasts how its network has already been upgraded to handle more calls with more capacity, alongside a new Home Location Register database being installed to increase call set up success. 2014 will also see trials of future call services, including 4G voice (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi.