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New 4G tech to give 580,000 rural homes superfast broadband

More than half a million rural homes across the UK could be given access to superfast broadband using pioneering new 4G technology from EE.


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New 4G tech to give 580,000 rural homes superfast broadband


EE, which is part of the BT Group, has been trialling the technology in the Northern Fells in Cumbria, where many homes can only get limited broadband access. It works by combining a 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna, allowing users to access EE’s superfast 4G network, which currently extends to 90 per cent of the UK’s landmass. The technology has been designed specifically for rural communities which have yet to be connected to the internet or can only receive slower broadband speeds.



Max Taylor, managing director of marketing at EE, said: “As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we have seen the amazing impact 4G connectivity can have on rural communities.

“Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time – whether video calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series.” Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, has welcomed the breakthrough. She said: “Fast and reliable internet is just as essential in the countryside as it is in urban areas, but unfortunately it is not currently as widely available.

“This is a major issue for everyday life at home – students rely on a decent internet connection for research, parents need to bank online and thousands of rural families are missing out on a wealth of entertainment.

“We welcome this innovative 4G solution from EE and believe it will have a big impact on some of the most remote communities across the UK.”

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EE Launches 4G Outdoor Antenna for Rural Broadband

EE has unveiled a new 4G home broadband solution designed especially for those in rural areas that are currently only able to access broadband slower than 10Mbps. EE says its 4G antenna solution could potentially help 580,000 homes gain access to high speed connectivity. Customer trials in the Northern Fells area of Cumbria have delivered speeds of over 100Mbps, said EE.

EE’s new 4G home broadband, which combines the 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna and professional installation service, has been designed specifically as an alternative for those in rural communities that have yet to be connected with traditional fixed line broadband access.

Max Taylor, MD of Marketing, EE
As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities.

Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time – whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series.

EE's 4G home broadband antenna offers superfast speeds to rural homes

Fed up with poor broadband signal? EE claims to have come up with a solution if you are living in one of the more rural or hard to reach parts of the UK. Broadband users in rural areas often suffer from slower speeds and poor connections as in some cases there is no access to a fixed phone line.

This can make it hard to get standard broadband installed and you may need to rely on mobile versions instead. Many users in these parts of the UK struggle to get speeds above 10Mbps. EE is now offering customers an external antenna and professional installation on its 4GEE Home pay monthly plan that has been shown to deliver speeds of more than 100Mbps.

The shoebox size device is simply attached to the outside of your home. The unit and installation costs GBP100. EE has been trialling the solution in the Northern Fells in Cumbria, an area with very poor signals, and says the area saw speeds boosted to above 100Mbps.

It predicts that there are 580,000 homes with slow or no fixed line access that could benefit from the solution.

UK’s biggest 4G network

EE’s new antenna is fitted to the side of your property by EE’s professional installation provider and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router situated inside the home by a cable. This should eliminate any loss of signal due to thick exterior walls, improving both the speed and consistency of the 4GEE Home Router. The antenna has been designed for use on properties with good outdoor coverage but variable indoor coverage.

The GBP100 installation cost may sound like a lot, but it could be worth it for reliable internet. EE has the biggest 4G network in the UK, and it says it covers 95.23% of UK homes. Independent research shows its 4G network can provide download speeds of above 30Mbps on average so this should help boost those slow speeds.

You will need to be a customer on one of EE’s 4GEE Home monthly plans to get this antenna and the router, which lets you connect up to 32 devices. These 4GEE Home plans start at GBP25 a month[1] for 10GB of data on an 18-month contract or you could pay GBP35 for 50GB over the same time period. Both offers have no upfront costs.

You can boost your data to 200GB by paying GBP60 a month for 18 months. There are also 30-day deals starting at GBP25 a month and GBP99.99 upfront[2] for 10GB or you could get 50GB for the same upfront cost and GBP35 a month. Alternatively, there is an option to pay GBP99.99 upfront and GBP60 a month for 200GB on a 30-day contract.

You can also get 10GB of data for 30 days on pay-as-you-go for GBP129.99. If you buy a 4GEE Home Router and you’ve got an EE pay monthly mobile plan or a 12-month SIM plan, EE will also boost your monthly mobile data allowance by 5GB, worth GBP12.99 every month.

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