Rebecca Wayman

Could this 4G network bring faster broadband to North East businesses and homes?

EE, part of BT Group, has unveiled a new 4G home broadband solution which could connect more than 18,500 homes and businesses across the North East, especially those in rural areas.

The service will provide customers with superfast broadband speeds at home using the power of EE’s 4G network. Customer trials in the Northern Fells area of Cumbria have delivered speeds of over 100Mbps.

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

EE has recently been trialling the solution in the Cumbrian Northern Fells, an area with dramatic topography.

Currently many homes in rural Cumbria can only get limited broadband access, and EE, working with the Northern Fells Broadband initiative has worked to trial the service with users in the area.

Max Taylor, EE’s managing director of marketing, said: “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 broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband.”

EE predicts that there are 580k UK homes with slow or no fixed-line access which could benefit from the solution.

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