We’ll have 4G in the UK in just under four weeks! EE CEO Olaf Swantee said in a statement today that the UK’s first 4G network will go live at the end of the month, as expected.

Read on for the full statement.

“We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30th October 2012,” Swantee said.

“This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.

“We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand.”

Ten cities will have 4G on October 30th, and it’ll reach 16 by the end of the year. By 2014, EE reckons it’ll have 98 percent of the UK covered. EE will be sending out invites to a press event “shortly” to announce more details, so we’ll bring you more as we get it.

O2, Vodafone and Three were said to be annoyed at EE’s head start on 4G. But in talks yesterday they agreed to put their differences aside and not mount a legal challenge. They’ll launch their own 4G networks in spring next year.

This morning, EE announced 4G handsets are on sale today, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL, and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE will be on sale on October 15th.

  • drewandy

    We all know what a total fail 3G is in rural areas, what makes this rollout any different ?
    Lets hope all the money Voda and O2 have saved in NOT rolling out 3G gets spent on this upgrade!! Ha! Ha!

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