EE Targets Rural Broadband Not-spots With 4G Antenna

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Up to 32 devices can connect to the router, with trials in Cumbria in partnership with the Northern Fells Broadband initiative showing the solution could deliver speeds of over 100MBps.

EE is offering to install a 4G antenna at those premises where, due to their remote location, they can not get fast broadband speeds via a traditional fixed-line connection.

Mobile operator EE has launched a new solution, which it believes will help those homes in the United Kingdom struggling to get decent broadband speeds. EE reported that its new 4G+ service could help more than 580,000 remote homes to gain access to high-speed internet.

EE already offers home broadband, either through a fixed phone line or over the 4G mobile network.

But there is still 5 percent of the United Kingdom struggling to get decent broadband speeds.

The service was launched alongside an online coverage checker, which allows customer to assess both fixed and mobile availability in their postcode and choose the best option accordingly.

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

EE's 4GEE Home Router uses a 4G mobile signal to provide home broadband - enabling rural homes across the United Kingdom to enjoy the benefits of home internet.

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EEEE says it will use its 4G network to supply better speeds to rural areas

EE's 4GEE Home Router uses a 4G mobile signal to provide home broadband - enabling thousands of additional rural homes across the United Kingdom to enjoy the benefits of superfast home internet.

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.

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

Homes across the United Kingdom that are unconnected to superfast broadband are about to see a huge boost to their service.

The external antenna, which is mounted on the outside of a property, works in conjunction with a 4GEE home router to provide the building with high speed internet bypassing the need for a landline connection.

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

The cost of introductory packages starts from £35 to £60 including the 4GEE Home Router for customers who sign up for the 4GEE Home pay monthly plan. Fixed-line connections typically allow for "unlimited" data.

EE's Simon Till said the "shoebox-size" antenna would let more people access the company's 4G broadband service.

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