Today, wireless carrier EE officially confirmed plans to make its 4G LTE service available for users in the UK starting with October 30.The company unveiled plans to debut the new service last month, but it did not offer a specific launch date for it at the time.
Today, however, we learn that users in the UK will be able to take advantage of the fast speeds the network is expected to deliver before the end of this month.
Smartphones to provide users with access to the new service have already been made available for purchase, including the HTC One XL, the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
Additionally, the company officially confirmed plans to bring to shelves more LTE-capable including the iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, and Nokia Lumia 820.
“We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30th October 2012,” Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE, said.
“This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.”
“We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand,” he continued.
Set to offer 4G LTE coverage to over one third of UK’s population before the end of this year, EE is also aiming at expanding its new network to cover over 70 percent of UK’s mobile users by the end of 2013.
Ten cities in the country will see 4G LTE available for them at the end of this month, with six more set to be covered before 2013 arrives.
“Customers on the EE brand will also have access to the biggest and best 3G network in the UK. Further towns, cities and rural areas, will follow rapidly with coverage to reach 98% by 2014,” the wireless carrier announced.