First UK 4G network goes live

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Boasting download speeds of 12Mbps, the new network claims to be five times faster than 3G

LAST UPDATED AT 13:33 ON Tue 30 Oct 2012
The UK’s first 4G mobile network has gone live this morning in 11 cities. EE – formerly known as Everything Everywhere and which owns Orange and T-Mobile – is claiming to offer download speeds of 8 to 12Mbps - up to five times faster than the current 3G technology, the BBC reports. No other network will be able to offer 4G until next year, which gives EE an opportunity to poach customers. However, EE has been criticised for its expensive tariffs, which start at £36 per month for just 500MB of data. The 4G launch cities are: London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Southampton.

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