"When is 4G available in the UK?" is one of the questions we get asked the most here at PC Advisor. And we can finally answer that question with a solid date as EE, formally Everything Everywhere, has now announced the launch date of the UK's first 4G LTE network. See: iPhone 5 review.
The UK's first 4G network finally has a launch date – 30 October. EE's network will initially launch in 10 cities across the country with a total of 16 to get coverage by the end of the year. See also: Everything Everywhere launches 4G in UK with new brand.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE said: "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."
See also: EE 4G in the UK: what you need to know.
EE earlier today put the first raft of 4G capable smartphones, beyond the iPhone 5, up for sale on Orange and T-Mobile. Devices include the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. See also: 4G vs 3G network hands-on speed test.
It was also announced today that rival networks to EE will arrive sooner than expected meaning the firm wont' be the only 4G network in the UK for long. Ofcom has made it possible for them to launch in spring 2013, around five months ahead of schedule
"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." added Swantee.