UK wireless operator EE has switched on its ‘double-speed’ 4G services in twelve cities, with the cellco saying that the development will see it offer maximum downstream speeds of up to 150Mbps. With EE noting that the current average speeds offered on its LTE network are between 24Mbps and 30Mbps, it expects the deployment of the improved technology will see those figures double. With the operator noting that the increased speeds will be made available to all existing ‘4GEE’ customers on their existing plans, EE CEO Olaf Swantee noted: ‘Last year we launched the first superfast 4G and fibre broadband network in the UK … Our new double speed 4G technology means that we have the biggest, fastest and best network in the UK, and now the equal fastest in the world. With our superfast network, we have a unique opportunity to introduce a new era of customer-friendly pricing models based on speed, and we’ll be revealing further details of this later this year.’
Meanwhile, EE has also announced plans to launch the next iteration of its ‘Bright Box’ wireless router later this summer. Designed to complement its fibre network, the Bright Box 2 reportedly features the latest advanced wireless ‘AC Wi-Fi’ technology, which the operator claims will offer an even greater wireless range and less drop-off in speed when a customer moves away from the device. Further, EE says it aims to be the first broadband provider in the UK to offer plug-and-play fibre broadband, with the Bright Box 2 said to have been designed to work without the requirement for installation by an engineer.