Everything Everywhere Investing £1.5bn in 3G Network Update and 4G Preparations

By Gary Cutlack on at

The new UK super-network created by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile is gearing up for the next generation, announcing a plan to spend £1.5bn on upgrading its infrastructure.

The money will be spent over the next three years and will go toward helping further integrate the two networks, along with including the "implementation of 4G-ready technology" and updating the backhaul connections to cope with rocketing demand for mobile data.

There's no firm timescale given for a launch of any 4G service, though, with EE's CEO Olaf Swantee saying the network is: "committed to rolling out 4G as soon as possible" -- if that 4G spectrum auction ever actually happens.

Some of the money invested may come from the sale of part of its 2G spectrum, which EE has just been ordered to carry out by the European Commission. [EE]

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