EE announce double-speed 4G while Ofcom plan super broadband changes

3 July 2013

4G blows man away
4G blows man away

EE announced that their double-speed 4G will go live in the UK on 4 July, which will bring speeds of (up to) 80Mbps to 12 different cities across the UK. Everyone else can go whistle.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee said, "We fundamentally believe that with the forecast in data growth, we need these kind of speeds available. Our speeds are now at a level where we can truly say we have the fastest mobile network in the Europe, and faster than all LTE networks in the US."

Crucially, for customers, prices won't change.

Elsewhere, Ofcom have proposed new measures which they think will end up in better deals for everyone. They plan to cut the costs paid by broadband providers when switching customers as well as shortening the minimum length of contracts, possibly to around one month.

This, they hope, will create a bit of competition so prices drop. The more people take-up superfast broadband, the cheaper it'll become.

Marie-Louise Abretti, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said she hoped price cuts would be passed on: "Targeting the market at wholesale level - offering monetary savings to broadband providers that are switching people - means it'll be up to ISPs [internet service providers] to make sure that cost savings are passed on to their customers."

"And with providers potentially saving up to £40 per customer, per switch, Ofcom must ensure this happens. We'd hope this move will see often hefty set-up fees scrapped, or at least reduced."

TOPICS:   Technology   Broadband

6 comments

  • Sicknote
    Yawn.....are people really getting wet in their pants at super-fast mobile broadband.
  • My v.
    new pants please
  • youngy
    How about expanding into more places instead of just large cities, upgrade the existing 3G to 4G
  • jack p.
    FUCK 4G!! How About fixing 3G first so that can make a simple phone call and it does not dump the call as you drive by a micro cell T-MOBILE SUCKS Dino Balls
  • Han S.
    Great, now all their customers can use up their pitiful allowances in half the time!
  • jack p.
    FUCK 4G!! How About fixing 3G first so that i can make a simple phone call and it does not dump the call as you drive by a micro cell T-MOBILE SUCKS Dino Balls

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