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EE upgrades its 2G airwaves to 'superfast' 4G

Wednesday, September 20th 2017 by Oprah Flash

EE - part of the BT group - is planning to increase the mobile data speeds for its customers by converting 2G airwaves to 4G.

By converting the airwaves EE is also hoping to improve the “most reliable” voice service on mobile phones.

Over the next six months more than 600 sites across the UK will be upgraded to the latest 4G spectrum. This will be rolled out in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Data upload speeds will be doubled from 50Mbps to a new maximum of 100 Mbps. This means customers with the latest smartphones can use the new technology to share work documents while on the move or keep their social media pages updated with pictures and videos.

More than 300 million calls are made each month over 4G.

According to RootMetrics, EE is London’s best network for video. The provider claims the new technology is responsible for this.

Rootmetrics research also shows EE customers spend 90% of their time browsing the internet using 4G.

Customers with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 can access the faster speeds using EE’s new development.

'Getting the most out of the latest smartphones'

Marc Allera, chief executive officer of EE, said: “We keep investing in our network, and using our technology leadership to make sure customers are getting the most out of the latest smartphones.

“Customers need to be on 4G, getting the best out of their new devices with the highest quality phone calls and the fastest mobile data speeds. We’re converting 2G into 4G, because that’s what our customers need.

“So if you are choosing a new smartphone, the message is simple: there’s only one UK network that offers the best smartphone experience.”

In July, EE carried out an experiment to test the download speed in Cardiff City Centre. EE managed to achieve speeds of up to 428Mbps on the Sony XZ premium.

Customers at home can also access superfast 4G thanks to a new home router.

EE recently launched a new 4G home router aimed at people who live in areas with slow fixed line access.

The 4GEE router connects up to 32 devices to EE’s 4G mobile network and provides speeds up to 90Mbps.

EE’s 4G coverage currently extends to 85% of the UK’s landmass and more than 99% of the population. The provider wants to reach 95% geographic coverage by 2020.

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