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After first launching its 4G LTE service in 11 U.K. cities late in 2012, European carrier EE today announced that it plans to give its 4G network a boost by doubling the amount of spectrum bandwidth it uses. EE explains that it plans to increase the 1800MHz spectrum bandwidth from 10MHz to 20MHz, which the operator claims will double a user's average speeds to more than 20Mbps, while also boosting "headline 4G speeds" to over 80Mbps. The increased network speeds are expected to hit 10 U.K. cities by the summer: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

Looking ahead, EE's got big plans for the remainder of 2013. The carrier says that it will use its recently-acquired 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum to bolster the capacity and reach of its existing 1800MHz 4G network, and it's planning to reach its one millionth 4G customer by Christmas. EE will also begin testing of carrier aggregation sometime later this year. Carrier aggregation, a major feature of LTE-Advanced, will combine spectrum from EE's different spectrum bands to improve the capacity, performance and speed of its network. Rounding out EE's 2013 plans, the operator says that it'll begin investing in new services such as voice calls over Wi-Fi and both voice and video calls over LTE.

Sounds like a good time to be a 4G LTE customer on EE, no? Of course, most of the carrier's news today requires that a subscriber actually have access to EE's LTE network, but the good news is that EE plans to expand the 50-city footprint of its LTE coverage to include 80 cities by June. It's not yet known exactly which towns will be the lucky ones to join EE's LTE Club, but for anyone that's still waiting to gain access to the service, just the news that it'll soon be spreading to 30 more cities is good to hear. EE expects to cover 98 percent of the U.K. population with 4G service by the end of 2014.

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Jason Vargas Sprint LTE in San Antonio is Fast
Chris Waln Had 4g on virgin mobile. ..it SUCKED...Now on AT&T and get 4g Lte and best clocked at 36Mbps... I love it.. and im on the outskirts of the coverage map for it ... bet if got closer to Nashville would be even faster.. I have even clocke the lte vs my wifi and it has been faster at times
Steven Pereira ATT rocks in Boston. My Note is sometimes faster than my laptop!
Sebastian Gomes Unlimited 4G LTE with Verizon, so yeah I'm happy with that
Bryce T. Council Yes. I have LTE on Sprint in NYC. I average about 15Mbps down which is more than anyone would need on a phone, for the most part. When Clear turns on their LTE those 100Mbps speeds will be available in much of America. And usable by Sprint customers with compatible phones.
Willie Lucero Sprint lte is a joke, still no 4g in Los Angeles -_-
Jacob Ryan Fortner I live in a little town in Michigan and I'm getting 30 mbps so I am more than happy. My buddy who is on Sprint has done multiple speed tests and he gets 33 kbps on his 3G network!
Abram Wenevermet Dennis I have LTE here on Verizon & at&t network.. both are fast.
Enes Nadir Çomoglu No, and I doubt we'll be getting 4G in my country any time soon.. I have an unlimited 3G data plan, though.
Becky Parker I have Sprint 4g LTE on my Iphone5 and it is fast
Reese Woodson I've got 50Mbps on AT&T's 4G LTE here in Los Angeles.
Clifton H. Williams II I have Verizon and I do have 4g lte. It's ok. Richmond Va and Rocky Mount Nc
Jim Sowell I'm traveling all the time and find 4g speed very inconsistent and unreliable across the US
James Mashburn I live in Montgomery, Alabama and have 4g from Verizon, and I am pretty happy with the speeds.
Martin Smeaton Roughly 40mbps on Rogers in Vancouver. Not too shabby methinks. Of course we pay way too much up in here.
Audrey O'Donnell I have Verizon and their 4G is unmatchable. My sister has Sprint and can't access 4G at all and we live in a major metro plex.
Anthony Bailey I average download speeds of 50Mbps with AT&T 4G LTE, and they are about the fastest in the industry, so I'm generally happy. My carrier is beginning an upgrade to LTE Advanced, this year, which will bring even faster speeds across the board.
Jacob Grumbles Nope not unless I drive for 30 mins to a place where there is coverage .
Devin Martinez I have at&t in PR speed use to be over18megs in most places but now it's usually less then 6
David Shaw I can't stand sprints 4g. Slow and then kicks me off when I even try connecting. Dial up is faster than there 3G..... And by the time I even load a web page like 20% of my battery is gone.
Rock Roche 4G w/ Verizon, in NYC. Good speed, just wish there was service in subways.
Jose Angel Santiago Nope...Sprint Logansport Indiana.
Jeremy Carter I have sprint and its unlimited. Im pretty happy with it
Michael Buchko Jr. I get 4G with Verizon, and have Unlimited data. Yes, I think I can say I am happy.




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