EE has confirmed to TechRadar that it is to trial speedy CAT 10 4G mobile internet next year, with an aim to becoming the first UK network to offer the standard to its customers. Offering speeds up to 450Mbps, CAT 10 can deliver downloads three times as fast as that provided by the current standard, CAT 6. With three carriers working together, CAT 10 also offers 150Mbps uplink.
EE's savvy spectrum purchases during the 2012 auction have put it (and to a lesser degree, Vodafone) in a good position to offer CAT 10.
"[CAT 10's] not applicable to every operator – you need the right spectrum holdings to be able to make use of the modem's capability," and EE spokesperson told TechRadar.
"Our 4G+ service uses 20MHz of 1800GHz and 20MHz of 2.6GHz. When we test CAT 9, we're looking at 20MHz of 1800GHz, 20MHz of 2.6GHz, plus another 15MHz of 2.6GHz".
The CAT 10 tests will begin in the middle of 2015. For now, EE is focussed on its CAT 9 tests, with the CAT 9 network upgrade to be demonstrated at Wembley Stadium early next year. [TechRadar]