EE has launched the ‘next phase’ of 4G on its mobile network, which it says will give customers the fastest speeds yet on their smartphones. It’s seen record speeds of 360Mb, in fact, on an HTC 10 device at Wembley Stadium using the tech.
The network upgrade is designed to work with 'Cat 9' devices - the most advanced connectivity standard in smartphones right now, found in phones such as the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7.
It uses tech known as LTE-A, or what EE calls '4G+'.
The first phase of the network's 4G+ rollout was designed to support Cat 6 devices - like the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and Sony Xperia Z5 - and has rolled out to more than 150 UK towns and cities.
The new Cat 9 phase is set to roll out in a similar way, hitting London, Birmingham, and Manchester by the end of the year before rolling out to 500 more sites in 2017. It's already live at Wembley Stadium, and will arrive in London's Tech City next.
Cat 9 smartphones that will benefit from the improved 4G include:
- HTC 10
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (certain models)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
- Sony Xperia X Performance
- Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 5
Of course, it's also a general 4G network upgrade, meaning EE customers should see at least a small improvement in speeds regardless of what smartphone they're using.
You'll need an EE Max plan to get access to those speeds though.
EE's CEO, Marc Allera, said: "There's no point having the latest smartphones on a network that can't support the top speeds the device is capable of… With 4G+ now supporting Cat 9 devices, plus Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling, customers on EE will continue to get more from their new smartphone than on any other network in the UK."