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EE details 4G expansion plans, DC-HSDPA support and new Android tablet offerings

Alex Masters

ee uk 300x225 EE details 4G expansion plans, DC HSDPA support and new Android tablet offeringsEE’s 4G LTE rollout will continue at full speed in the first quarter of 2013, as the wireless carrier details plans to expand coverage to 17 additional cities across the United Kingdom, on top of the 14 areas already supported.

The full list of cities set to receive 4G early next year are: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

EE are also working to improve their existing 3G network by adding support for DC-HSDPA (Dual-Carrier High-Speed Data Packet Access), which has the potential to significantly increase 3G data speeds on compatible handsets, such as the iPhone 5 and Google’s Nexus 4 smartphones among others. EE aim to upgrade 40 per cent of their 3G network to support DC-HSDPA by the end of 2012.

Network density* is also an area of focus for EE, and they plan to improve this alongside their continuing 4G rollout. If you’re in a 4G supported city and have experienced sporadic service, then this may well improve in the near future, if EE’s following statement is any indication: “Network density is being increased on a daily basis by enabling 4G on an increasing number of masts. Engineering work continues in each area until the 4G coverage matches that of the EE 2G and 3G network. As well as increasing capacity to meet the demand from thousands of new customers signing up to 4GEE, this ensures that 4G is available throughout an entire area with strong voice and data service available indoors.”

As of today, EE are also offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and Google Nexus 7 tablets. The Nexus 7 does not support LTE as standard, and is therefore being paired with an Huawei E589 mobile Wi-Fi dongle to provide access. Not the most ideal of situations, but if you want 4G on Google 7 inch tablet, then this is currently the only way to do it. Whether LTE will be added to the Nexus 7 in the future is yet to be seen.

Check out EE’s official press release for more information on the company’s network upgrade plans.

*Network density describes the volume of masts in a given area, constantly being increased by EE with the addition of new masts in launch cities.

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  • John Jameson

    Glad the UK is getting up to date with LTE, and saddened that Asus didn’t make the Nexus 7 compatible with LTE. Why? How is it supposed to compete in this market if it doesn’t provide those capabilities? A little confused on that one. http://androidtablets.com/

  • Caminel

    Just in time for Christmas.
    But I don’t think about 4G is set in my town for Christmas.
    The packages are interesting, there is an interesting article on this topic :
    http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/ee-4g-android-tablets-lte-102009


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