EE to tackle broadband not-spotsGeekheads Team
Telecoms company EE has revealed plans to sell a 4G antenna that promises to bring fast broadband internet to thousands of homes in rural areas.
EE’s Simon Till said the “shoebox-size” antenna would let more people access the company’s 4G broadband service.
The company said it had delivered speeds of 100Mbps to homes during a trial in Cumbria.
One analyst said the plan would appeal to people who could not get fast speeds through a fixed broadband line.
“We’ve heard of farmers doing a similar thing, putting up masts on their edge of their property near where the signal is,” said Andrew Ferguson of the news site Thinkbroadband.com.
“The DIY approach has been bubbling away, but EE offering it as a service makes it a lot more simple.”
EE already offers home broadband, either through a fixed phone line or over the 4G mobile network.
It said its new antenna installation service was designed for homes in areas where fixed line service was poor or not available at all.
Telecoms watchdog Ofcom defines decent broadband as a speed of about 10Mbps to download.
At that speed, downloading a high-definition film could take up to 90 minutes, according to Ofcom.
EE said its 4G home broadband could deliver download speeds of up to 100Mbps and upload speeds of about 10Mbps.
However, it is possible that areas too remote for fixed broadband also have poor 4G coverage.
“There may be instances where that’s the case, but our network reaches 90% of the UK,” said Mr Till, referring to EE’s geographic coverage across the UK.
“If you overlap our network with the homes that get less than 10Mbps fixed broadband, you get to about 580,000 homes that we could reach.”