As promised, UK carrier EE has turned on its 4G LTE network across 11 markets in the UK today. EE brings LTE speeds to London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton this morning, and plans to add Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham, and Newcastle by the end of the year. EE is aiming for a 98% coverage level by the end of 2013, so if your location is not covered in the above-mentioned markets, it’ll likely be coming to your town fairly quickly.
The company showed off its LTE speeds at an event last month, where customers experienced download speeds ranging from 20-40 mbps, and upload speeds around 20 mbps as well. Those speeds were achieved with totally non-congested networks, however, and we expect EE’s populated network to provide speeds in the 5-12 mbps range as with Verizon and AT&T’s LTE networks in the US.