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The real solution to slow rural internet? EE turns on 4G home broadband masts

EE turn on 4G home broadband cells – solving slow rural internet?

EE has launched their newest 4G home broadband option, delivering fast internet speeds to the UK’s poorest-served broadband areas.

Following a successful trial across the Northern Fells in Cumbria, EE has now made their 4G home broadband available nationwide. This gives up to 580,000 customers that are stuck on slow fixed-line connections a fast and reliable solution to their home broadband.

EE’s package includes the 4GEE router and the installation of a powerful external antenna to significantly boost the 4G signal.

In the Cumbria trials, EE report to have achieved speeds of 100Mbps – putting many fixed-line services to shame.

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The service taps into EE’s extensive 4G network, which currently has a coverage over 90% of the UK’s landmass, or 99.6% of homes.

With the launch of 4G home broadband, superfast internet is now readily available to almost the entire population.

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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 for research, parents need to bank online and thousands of rural families are missing out on a wealth of on-demand 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.

- Sarah Lee: Head of Policy, Countryside Alliance

For thousands of people, EE’s new service could be their first taste of superfast broadband in the home. Unfortunately, it does come with some rather steep costs.

Prices start at £25 a month for 10GB of data, scaling up to £60 a month for 200GB, with an additional cost of £100 for the installation of the external antennae. Unlimited usage has become the standard for fixed-line broadband, so customers switching to the strict data caps of 4G may find the limits a challenge.

With 10GB of data for a month, watching HD three movies on Netflix would put you over the limit. Customers need to be aware of their usage, as going beyond your limit it can incur major costs.

By:

Samuel Newman is a consumer journalist and blogger based in Sheffield.
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