EE is refarming 3G spectrum for 4G in a bid to put the inspiration for a launch of 5G cell companies in 2019.
The BT-owned operator will use 2100MHz bandwidth to spice up 4G alerts at 500 cell towers positioned within the busiest elements of EE’s community, together with London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Exeter, Hull, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.
The extra band will allow EE to supply 5 band provider aggregation (CAA), which entails the usage of totally different spectrum to enhance speeds and capability, making it the one UK operator in a position to take action.
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The primary industrial 5G networks will borrow sure components, such because the core community, from LTE however will make use of recent radio applied sciences that permit for considerably sooner speeds. The websites that EE plans to improve with 2100MHz can be its first 5G-enabled areas.
The switchover has been enabled by declining use of EE’s 3G community, attributable to the enlargement of 4G protection and the rollout of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Extra calls are actually made on 4G and than 3G, whereas Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) expertise has improved reliability.
“Our prospects need a quick and dependable 4G connection, and that’s what we’re working to present them,” stated EE CEO Marc Allera. “We’re utilizing the funding we made in 3G spectrum almost 15 years in the past to present prospects at present an amazing expertise with the newest smartphones on 4G, and construct our basis for 5G in 2019. We’re continuously evolving, and the shopper expertise of 5G can be dictated by the standard of the 4G community beneath.”
EE has beforehand acknowledged a potential 2019 launch window for 5G and has held trials in London’s Tech Metropolis and Wembley Stadium utilizing the three.4GHz spectrum it gained on the Ofcom spectrum public sale earlier this yr.
It had been thought that the UK wouldn’t have a 4G service till 2020, however BT is eager to be the primary to market as a part of its converged community technique.
EE the primary UK operator to launch 4G in 2012 having obtained permission from the regulator to re-use 1800MHz airwaves that beforehand powered Orange and T-Cellular’s 3G networks.