EE has announced that its 4G users in London will get a speed boost from today following the switching on of its 4G+ network.
The roll out of its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network will offer speeds of up to 150Mbps – more than double that of EE’s “double speed” 4G service. The switch on is initially only in central London, but with Greater London and the “UK’s busiest cities” also on the roadmap for 2015, including Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.
However, only 4G+ compatible (category 6 LTE) devices will be able to use the service. A 4G Extra data plan is also required. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the LG G3 will be able to make use of the service. Unfortunately, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not compatible.
4G+, or LTE-A, is the next step in 4G technology. “The new speeds are achieved through ‘carrier aggregation’, combining 20MHz in each of the 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, enabling a theoretical maximum speed of 300Mbps,” EE said.