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06-November 2013

EE launches world's fastest 4G network TEN times quicker than current speeds

and can download videos in seconds

  • Operator EE's basic 4G network speeds range between 24 and 30Mbps
  • The new network, launched in East London, can reach speeds of 300Mbps
  • This means Blu-ray videos, for example, could be downloaded in seconds
  • EE's network runs on the world's first CAT 6 router made by Huawei
  • The technology is expected to roll out to handsets by the end of 2014

Mobile operator EE has switched on the world's fastest 4G network in East London today, capable of reaching speeds of up to 300Mbps.

The technology is being trialled in East London before being rolled out further next year and is ten times faster than basic 4G speeds currently being offered.

The company has faced stiff competition recently from O2 and Vodafone after the rival operators switched on their respective 4G services - a stronghold EE held for almost a year.

The technology will make streaming content online, such as on the BBC iPlayer, up to four times faster than current speeds and users will be able to share higher-resolution, larger pictures and videos quicker.

In July, EE announced it was doubling its 4G speeds for people in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The speed boost makes the network twice as fast as current average 4G speeds and 10 times as fast as 3G. Vodafone and O2 both switched on their respective networks at the end of August.

Mobile network Three has kicked off a price war earlier this week over the new 4G service by announcing it will offer the super high-speed internet at no extra cost.

The firm's 1.5million customers will get 4G at the same price they pay for the current 3G network, with packages of calls, texts and unlimited internet from $35 a month.

As with all mobile and broadband contracts, these speeds are called 'optimal' and come with the caveat of 'up to'. The speeds shown are the greatest possible speeds available on that network, but realistically customers won't be able to reach these.

What it does mean is that even if customers are getting a proportional speed boost on a network such as the one launched by EE today, the boost will still be higher than on other networks.

Further expansion plans have not been announced but EE said the technology is due to become commercially available when compatible devices launch from mid-2014.

Meanwhile in Australia most mobile intenet is crawling along on 3G

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