EE uses 4G to bring broadband to 580000 United Kingdom homes

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Some 580,000 homes, many located in rural locations, could be in line for broadband speeds more than 10 times faster than they can now access by moving to an external antenna around the size of a shoe box.

EE's 4G broadband solution uses a small "shoebox size" antenna that carries a 4G broadband signal and will be typically mounted high up, facing the nearest EE mobile network mast. The target of EE is to enhance 4G coverage to 95 percent of the United Kingdom geography.

"Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the United Kingdom could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time - whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series".

"Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the United Kingdom could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time - whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series", he said.

EE's new antenna is fitted to the side of a customer's home is connected to the 4GEE Home Router situated inside the home by a cable.

The new solution allows customers to access EE's 4G network which already reaches to 99.6 percent of United Kingdom homes.

So there will be a welcome for EE's initiative, which appears to be a solution to delivering the Universal Service Obligation - the right to demand a broadband connection of at least 10Mbps.

Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing, EE said: "As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the United Kingdom, we've seen the unbelievable impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities".

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4G antennas go on sale today after a successful trial that saw EE deliver superfast broadband to the remote Cumbrian fells for the first time.

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, welcomed the announcement: "One of the real challenges is getting fixed fibre into people's houses because they are so sparsely populated in rural areas". Reports claim EE's project to be first-of-its-kind in providing superfast broadband services to more than thousands of rural homes.

The customer will of course then have to pay a monthly fee going forward.

It said its new antenna installation service was designed for homes in areas where fixed line service was poor or not available at all.

But being as this is a mobile 4G connection and not fixed-line solution, data allowances are a factor which means that there may be no bingeing on Netflix series for example.

"Stick the antenna outside and you get a much better signal", he told the.

Similarly priced fixed broadband packages are usually advertised as "unlimited".

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