EE launches ‘UK record’ 4G+ hitting 429Mbps speeds

James Pearce
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BT’s UK mobile arm EE claims its customers could see record mobile download speeds of over 400Mbps after launching a new 4G+ service

The operator launched 4G+ in parts of London and Cardiff over the weekend, saying tests had show real world download speeds of 429Mbps, breaking UK download speeds over mobile. 

The tests involved use of a category-16 smartphone , with the Sony Xperia XZ currently the oly compatible device, although this is likely to increase in the future. 

EE CEO Marc Allera took to Twitter to explain the technology, saying it had used blocks of 1800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum, with 4×4 MIMO and broad 256QAM technology used to broadcast it. 

“Cardiff and London are first to get the UK’s fastest real world mobile download speeds. Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh next,” Allera explained in a series of tweets. 

In a statement, Allera said: “Sony has raised the bar in smartphone speeds, and we’re investing and innovating to match that and give our customers the fastest network speeds in the UK. What we’ve demonstrated live in Cardiff is more than ten times the average mobile download speed.  

“We’re rolling out this new capability in Cardiff and London’s Tech City, and we’ll keep expanding to the busiest areas of the UK so that our customers always have a great connection to do the things they love.”