Mobile operator EE has launched an LTE-Advanced network, which it claims is the fastest 4G mobile network in the world.
The network, which is to offer 300Mbps, will initially cover London’s Tech City, with local companies being selected by EE to become partners. These partners will experience the service before it becomes available in mid-2014, when it will be rolled out to the rest of London.
The network uses spectrum the company acquired in the Ofcom auction earlier this year, bringing together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee made the announcement at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London today, he said: “This is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of an increasingly data-hungry nation, enabling us to stay one step ahead of the demand.”
“Our analysts predict 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% in that period, as consumers and companies conduct more of their business and lives online.”
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Tech City partners will use a CAT6 Huawei router to access the high-speed network. This device will provide mobile Wi-Fi to up to 20 devices, with 802.11ac devices able to access speeds as high as 200Mbps.
Huawei will then offer the first commercially available mobile Wi-Fi units by summer 2014, with the release of handsets during the second half of next year.
EE said the 4G network is aimed at business users who wish to access cloud-based business systems such as SAP and other ERP solutions, as it offers “enterprises increased efficiency and flexibility.”
The company is also aiming this mobile network to consumers, predicting the trend of wearable technology continues to increase their data usage across multiple connected points.
The EE 4G network was launched one year ago and now has 1.2m 4G customers.