EE turns on LTE-A service in central London

UK mobile carrier EE has announced that it has a new and faster mobile 4G service available for users in Central London. The service is LTE-A or LTE-Advanced and it promises data speeds up to 150Mbps. for starters only Central London will get the new blazing fast mobile connectivity, but EE plans to role LTE-A out to greater London in 2015. Average data speeds are expected to be around 90Mbps with a compatible device and plan.

The plans offering the new speed will include the 4GEE Extra or Corporate 4GEE. The new speeds aren't compatible with all devices, specifically the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not support Cat6 LTE-A. Both of Apple's new products only support speeds up to Cat4.

However, devices already on the market and popular with customers will support the Cat6 LTE, including the Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3. EE says that the new faster speed is achieved using carrier aggregation, which combines 20MHz in the 1800 MHz and 2.6GHz bands to give a maximum theoretical speed of 300Mbps.

While customers will need to subscribe to other plans to get the new speeds, the technological changes made to support LTE-A will benefit customers on standard LTE plans; they should see slight increases in average data speeds. With the new LTE-A networks expected to have average speeds of 90Mbps; the plans are a solid 30Mbps faster than standard LTE.

SOURCE: Thenextweb