EE may be feeling lonely as the only LTE operator in the UK so far, but it looks set to get some company soon as Vodafone gives more details on its investments and rollout plans. Over in France, Bouygues Telecom has also outlined plans for its launch later this year. This all adds up to some much-needed momentum for LTE in Europe.
Bouygues Telecom said it will launch LTE services across France on Oct. 1, claiming it will be able to provide the high-speed mobile services in 100 cities by that date.
EE unveiled the UK's first LTE shared data plans and said it has reached 500,000 LTE subscribers after seven months of providing service. The operator also took the opportunity to provoke its rivals by saying it feels "a bit lonely" as the UK's only LTE provider to date.
Vodafone UK said it will spend £900 million ($1.38 billion) on its network this year, or £2.5 million per day, to support the launch of its LTE network by late summer and drive the integration of fixed and mobile infrastructure.
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UK mobile operator 3 UK has discussed the option of pooling its 800 MHz spectrum with that of rival operator EE, and also suggested it could launch commercial LTE services ahead of schedule this year.
The UK may have been late to the LTE game, but the deployment of the technology is now advancing across the UK, with recent announcements from operators highlighting further progress in their rollouts of LTE networks.
BT has opened the bidding for a new mobile partner in a move that could see the UK's former telecoms monopoly back together with its former mobile unit, O2 UK, according to a report in the Financial Times .