It’s time to break out the speed tests, as EE has doubled up the speed of its 4G network in 12 cities across the UK today.
The plan was initially outlined earlier in the year, with just ten cities in the UK in line for an upgrade, but it seems that EE customers in two extra cities will receive boosted speeds as well.
This boost in data speeds has been achieved by allocating more of EE’s spectrum to its LTE network. The carrier is now making use of 2x20MHz of its 1800MHz spectrum, rather than just 2x10MHz which it was using before. Theoretically, this means that you could download data at a speedy 150Mbps, but in real world applications you should probably expect something closer to 30 or 40Mbps. If you’re lucky though, a few customers have been reporting speeds up to 50Mbps in London and Manchester, with some peak speeds hitting a very impressive 78Mbps.
The sped up 4G service has gone online today in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield, with Derby and Nottingham being the two additional cities added to list just before the upgrade.
Don’t forget that Vodafone, 02, and Three, are all planning to bring their 4G networks online before the end of the year. So if you’re currently stuck for choice or receiving poor coverage, the 4G market will be receiving some healthy competition soon.