U.K. carrier to push download speeds to 80Mbps in 10 cities

EE, a joint venture of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, plans to cover 98 percent population with 4G service by the end of 2014.

U.K. carrier EE is planning to double the download speeds for its 4G LTE customers in 10 cities as it continues its nationwide rollout of the high-speed data service.

The company, which operates under the brands EE, Orange, and T-Mobile in the U.K., said it will double the speeds in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield to offer top download speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Overall, the network aims to deliver an average download speed of 20Mbps in the 10 chosen cities before summer's end of. The speed doubling exercise will run alongside the extension of the service to new towns and cities. EE plans to offer 98 percent population its 4G service by the end of 2014. It's currently just over halfway there, with 4G LTE available in more than 50 U.K. towns and cities.

This story originally posted as "EE to double 4G download speeds to 80Mbps in 10 cities" on ZDNet.

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