British market leader Everything Everywhere said it will start offering 4G LTE services by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval. The company, which is a 50-50 joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile, is also upgrading its network to 21Mb/s HSPA+ technology as we speak with the goal to end the process by the third quarter of 2012.
According to Everything Everywhere’s CEO Olaf Swantee, their vision is to “launch 4G for Britain “as soon as possible, and the roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ and 4G trials across Britain are major steps towards delivering on that promise.”
Everything Everywhere has already trialed LTE over 800MHz spectrum in rural Cornwall, and is now hoping to do the same with LTE over 1800MHz in Bristol.
Finally, the operator said it is entering the “final phase” of its initiative to combine the 3G networks of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, with completion due in mid-May.