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