EE got an early start in the “British LTE game,” having managed to obtain the license long before its competitors. Like that’s not enough, the joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange is preparing to test an improved network which can deliver theoretical download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Those speeds fall under Category 6 whereas existing LTE networks supporting up to 150Mbps fall under Category 4. And no, there is no single device out there that can take advantage of this extra bandwidth but we’re sure we’ll see a few of them launching next year.
EE is teaming-up with Huawei to make this happen in Tech City, an area towards East London which is known to house many tech companies. The trial will be fairly limited in scope, with the carrier rolling out mobile hotspots across the area that will serve up LTE Advanced access.
The trial is due to start in December, and the wider launch across London is currently planned for 2014. And when it does come available, you will need the likes of Galaxy S5 to be able to download HD movies in minutes…