EE set to deliver 4G to the United Kingdom
4G is finally headed to the UK, as plans were announced today for the high speed broadband service to be made available in 16 British cities. The cities where this service will be made available include London, Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow and will be available before the end of 2012.
This information was released today by Everything Everywhere (EE) at a press conference held at the Science Museum in London, with full details also available on their website . 4G has been greatly anticipated for several years and will cause much excitement for businesses and personal users alike, with internet speeds set to increase by as much as five times.
EE is the coming together of mobile providers T-Mobile and Orange and will be the first company to offer 4G availability. London Major Boris Johnson spoke at the event, saying "I barely understand it, but information will spout unstoppably from these gizmos. It will bring huge advantages to anyone living or working in London." Also present was CEO Olaf Swantee who gave further details on the practical side of 4G and how it would work.
Swantee also helped to unveil a number of smartphone handsets which would host 4G, including devices from HTC, Samsung and Nokia. The latest iPhone is also rumoured to be carrying the technology, although confirmation on this is still currently pending.
4G to be available nationwide by 2014
As recently as July it appeared as if there would be further delays to 4G, but today's announcement has shown these fears to be untrue. The full list of areas set to be given 4G capabilities contains Belfast, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton, covering roughly one third of the population of Britain.
EE says it believes it will be available to 98 percent of the population by 2014, which will provide a huge boost to rural areas which often suffer from extremely slow internet speeds. These ambitious rollout plans from the company show that while only 16 cities can look forward to the imminent arrival of 4G, it will not be long until the broadband revolution is sweeping the country.
Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword commented "I have been looking forward to the availability of 4G technology for some time, and I am extremely excited to see what kind of influence it will have on the internet and the new opportunities it will make possible"