Impatient Manchester gadget-lovers will be able to bask in the world of 4G by Christmas as the UK’s largest network operator unveiled launch plans today.
Everything Everywhere (EE), owner of Orange and T-Mobile, intends to offer the super-fast mobile interest service to 20million people by the end of the year after revealing their strategy at London’s Science Museum.
The exclusive deal for EE allows the operator to control 4G ahead of rivals Vodafone, 3 and O2 – who are threatening Ofcom with legal action over the decision – and will be rolled out across 16 cities including Manchester.
EE’s chief executive Olaf Swantee said: “We look forward to connecting the country with superfast mobile speeds in the coming weeks, months and years.”
The service is five-times faster than 3G and is available on HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei devices – with Apple’s iPhone 5 expected to be a secret addition.
London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham were switched on today as engineers begin testing ahead of its expansion into Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton.
The company also unveiled their rebranding project as former Orange and T-Mobile high street stores will become EE outlets and they will continue to offer 2G and 3G, as well as delivering 4G upgrades and broadband services to customers.