EE launches 4G LTE-Advanced network

EE has launched 4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in London’s foremost business cluster, Tech City.

The cluster will expand across London throughout 2014, delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

The speeds and capacity of the network are enabled by Carrier Aggregation (CA), a fundamental feature of LTE-A, which allows next-generation of wireless broadband network with around twice the speed possible through most current LTE mobile networks.

The network, which has gone live today, is being announced by Olaf Swantee, chief executive officer, EE, at Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London. EE will start an official customer trial in early December, offering mobile Wi-Fi in offices in the Tech City area.

Olaf Swantee, chief executive officer, EE said, “Our existing 4G network delivers incredible mobile data speeds and covers millions of people across the country, but we never stand still – we know that mobile data usage is going to keep increasing, and rapidly so. The network we’re switching on today in Tech City is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of increasingly data-hungry consumers and businesses, and enable completely new ways of doing business.”

Victor Zhang, chief executive officer, Huawei UK said, “We have been operating in the UK for twelve years and are committed to improving the national telecom infrastructure for the whole population. We are proud to have worked closely with EE as we grow our business in the UK following our pledge to invest £1.3 billion into the economy over the next five years.”

LTE-A marks the next step for mobile communications following rollouts of LTE networks and services. The core technologies of the LTE-A platform Huawei deployed for EE include CA, which allows for the full utilization of spectrum resources across multiple frequency bands by bringing together 20 MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum and 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz spectrum. As well as enabling high bandwidth, CA ensures backwards compatibility with LTE to facilitate a smooth, seamless migration.

LTE-A expands and enhances standard LTE capabilities, allows for more flexible and effective spectrum utilization, and provides for a simpler network architecture; the technology empowers operators to provide high-performance mobile applications and multimedia including video conferencing, high-definition content transmissions, high-speed video downloads, and social networking. LTE-A will provide EE’s customers with the fastest mobile broadband experience in the world.

The LTE-A device ecosystem is developing rapidly. The first commercially available Mobile Wi-Fi units are expected to be introduced by Huawei in Q2, 2014 with handsets to follow in the second half of the year. Huawei is already working with EE to deliver three LTE-enabled devices, which will enable the operator’s customers to take advantage of superfast services running on the Huawei-built 4G network.

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