Everything Everywhere has scheduled a press event for Tuesday, 11th September where it is expected they will launch the first 4G LTE network in the UK.
Everything Everywhere was formed last year by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile and although they still have separate identities it seems likely that a major rebranding will start happening following the 4G announcement.
LTE or Long Term Evolution is a fourth generation wireless technology that allows mobile data speeds up to twenty times faster than typical 3G networks, that is broadly in line with current wired broadband speeds. The launch of 4G in the UK was originally planned for this year on all UK networks that were willing to pay to upgrade their services however a dispute with OFCOM meant that the licensing process was delayed until 2013. As a result Everything Everywhere asked for approval to re-provision the existing radio frequencies used for its customers on 3G to 4G and on August 21st OFCOM approved the move.
We will be live from the press event on Tuesday morning with the latest news and hopefully some hands on time with 4G devices. Many industry insiders believe the launch of LTE on Tuesday is so Everything Everywhere can sell the new iPhone (due to be announced on Wednesday) as the first 4G device in the UK.