80,000 Scottish Homes Could Benefit From New 4G Broadband Antenna
The new 4G Antenna offers a wireless solution for rural homes with speeds as fast as fibre.
EE has unveiled a new 4G home broadband wireless service which could connect up to 80,000 homes across rural areas of Scotland, which currently have broadband slower than 10Mbps.
Unlike fixed broadband connections, which require a dedicated ‘landline’, the new EE service combines a 4G Home Router with a powerful external antenna. The service provides customers with superfast broadband speeds using EE’s 4G mobile network. Recent trials in Cumbria reported customer’s receiving speeds of over 100Mbps.
99.6% Of UK Homes
EE’s ‘superfast’ 4G network currently extends to 90% of the UK’s landmass, which according to the company equals more than 99.6% of UK homes. The company estimates that 580,000 UK homes, including 80,000 in Scotland, with slow or no fixed line access which could benefit from the new wireless service. In addition EE is continuing to roll out 4G to additional areas of the UK, with the ambition of extending its 4G coverage to 95% geographic coverage in the near future.
Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing, EE said: “As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities. Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK 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.”
No Landline Required
The new 4GEE Home Router is ready to go straight from the box allowing up to 32 devices to connect to it at once. The associated antenna is fitted to the side of a customer’s property and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router situated inside the home by cable. This eliminates any loss of signal due to thick exterior walls, improving both the speed and consistency of the connection.
The company claims the 4GEE Home Router and antenna solution offers speeds as fast as most fixed-line fibre broadband services . While recent trials demonstrated speeds exceeding 100 Mbps in Cumbria, independent tests have revealed EE’s 4G network offers average download speeds of over 30 Mbps.
The new 4GEE Home Router service will be available to customers in the UK from 9 February 2018, with monthly subscription fees from £35 to £60. The outdoor antenna can be added and installed from a one-off payment of £100.
EE has also launched the UK’s first fixed and mobile broadband combined coverage checker, allowing customers to see which broadband solution is most suitable for them based upon their postcode.