EE Launches Cat 9 4G for 360Mbps Downloads in a Small Bit of London Beneath an Arch

By Gary Cutlack on at

EE has once again chosen the football mecca of Wembley to launch a new thing, this time using the allure of sporting association to announce the arrival of its Cat 9 LTE connectivity in the UK.

This means that if you own a phone that can do it -- like the HTC M10 or Samsung Galaxy S7 -- you ought to be able to get a real-world connection speed that maxes out at around 360Mbps, even though under lab conditions the theoretical limit should be nearer 450Mbps. But 360Mbps will probably do.

The aim is to have around 500 sites in the more densely populated bits of the UK offering this top-tier internet business by the end of 2017, with Wembley the first to get it from today. London's Tech City east end hotspot should be next, followed by some zones in Birmingham and Manchester this year.

EE's CEO Marc Allera said: "There’s no point having the latest smartphones on a network that can’t support the top speeds the device is capable of. We’ve invested in our network to ensure that all of our customers get the most out of the amazing smartphones they have, and can keep up with the highest speeds that the latest devices offer." [EE]

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