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EE expands 4G coverage to smaller UK towns, introduces 4G devices

05/22, 6:24am

Wi-Fi hotspots, Android tablet offered with 4G connectivity

British carrier EE, formerly Everything Everywhere and formed by the joining of Orange and T-Mobile, has started to extend its 4G (LTE) service to smaller towns in the country, as well as introducing new devices. It has completed its second phase of the roll-out, bringing the high-speed cellular network to 2,588 villages and small towns with populations under 10,000 people in the United Kingdom, including regions with as few as 65 residents.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 baby monitor, EE expands coverage

03/30, 9:09pm

Samsung adds baby monitoring feature to Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be used as a baby monitor, when used in conjunction with a Gear smart watch. SoyaCincau discovered the Samsung flagship includes a "Baby crying detector" feature that will send a vibrating alert to a paired Gear if it hears a nearby child makes a sound. Leaked screenshots note it will work best when the smartphone is placed within 1 meter (3 feet) of the child in a room with no background noise, followed by a large number of parental warnings and disclaimers.

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Briefly: AT&T roaming deal with EE in UK, Sprint expands LTE network

12/17, 7:58am

AT&T signs deal with EE for 4G roaming in UK, will offer similar connection in early 2014

AT&T has signed a deal with Everything Everywhere in the United Kingdom, allowing the US carrier's subscribers access to the 4G network when visiting, in a similar deal to one between AT&T and Rogers in Canada. Though the pricing of the deal were not disclosed, Pocket Lint reports that EE customers will be able to get 4G speeds from AT&T's network in the US in the first half of 2014.

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EE overhauls contracts, adds tiered service, introduces prepaid plans

10/16, 12:56pm

Option to pay extra for faster connection, international roaming

British carrier Everything Everywhere, known as EE, has made a number of changes to the way it offers its service to customers. Monthly price plans for the 4G service have been restructured to include tiers with extra speed and more data, with the carrier also offering a prepaid 4G service to its customers for the first time.

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EE: 318,000 subscribers to 4G LTE, aims for 1M by December

04/23, 1:32pm

4G subscriber numbers after five months of service in UK

British carrier Everything Everywhere, known as EE, has revealed that 318,000 people have signed up for its 4G LTE service, just five months after it launched the first 4G network in the country. The carrier hopes to extend the number past 1 million UK customers using its high-speed network by the end of the year.

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EE doubles 4G spectrum in UK, trials carrier aggregation

04/09, 6:15am

Carrier to test 4G connections over multiple bands

British carrier EE is planning to double its spectrum allocation and increase its 4G speed in the country, before other phone networks are able to launch their own 4G LTE offerings. It plans to roll out its expanded spectrum service to 10 cities by June, and to trial carrier aggregation in an effort to provide even more bandwidth to its service.

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Ofcom completes 4G spectrum auction in the United Kingdom

02/20, 5:04am

Total of 4G auction winning bids lower than anticipated

UK regulator Ofcom has closed its 4G spectrum auction earlier than anticipated. Mainstream British carriers Vodafone, Telefonica, Everything Everywhere, and Three, as well as BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, have won various sections of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands, though the money earned by the UK Treasury through the auction is far below what it expected.

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EE UK 4G network rollout to cover 17 extra towns in Q1 2013

12/13, 5:12am

Carrier aims to cover 98-percent of population with 4G access

The first 4G-based carrier in the United Kingdom has announced its network expansion plans for early 2013. An extra 17 towns will receive the high-speed mobile access from Everything Everywhere, now EE, by March, on top of the 14 existing towns and cities that it has launched in, and the four areas set to go live before the end of this year.

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Everything Everywhere 4G network goes live in the UK

10/30, 7:18am

Carrier turns on 4G coverage in 11 cities

Everything Everywhere has turned on its 4G network in the UK. The new network, jointly created by Orange and T-Mobile, has gone live in 11 cities across the country, in the first wave of the carrier's national rollout that will see 98 percent of the UK population covered by the end of the year 2014.

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UK carriers form company to speed future 4G rollout

10/18, 5:12pm

Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited to move Freeview channels

The UK may have a quicker overall rollout of faster mobile network services than previously thought. Mobile carriers Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone, and Three have stopped their legal threats, and have joined together to create a company specifically to aid in deploying LTE services in the 800MHz band by clearing it of TV signals.

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Everything Everywhere launches 4G EE network in UK

09/11, 10:40am

Offering 4G LTE, fiber optic service to 11 million people

The UK's first 4G service has officially been announced. Everything Everywhere, formed by the combination of carriers Orange and T-Mobile, has named the new network EE, turning the network on today. The service stands to offer not only 4G LTE services to customers, but also a fibre broadband service that will reach 11 million homes and businesses by the end of the year.

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Ofcom lets Everything Everywhere roll out UK 4G this year

08/21, 8:04am

Competitor claims foul on regulator decisions

Ofcom is allowing Everything Everywhere to use its existing spectrum for 4G services in the UK, despite carrier resentment. The statement on the regulator's website approves Everything Everywhere's rebranding request, which would see the 1,800MHz spectrum used for the 4G rollout from September 11 this year, well before the expected start of 4G services next year by other carriers.

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UK government minister blames carriers for slow 4G roll out

06/21, 7:52am

4G auction delays due to threats of litigation

The blame for the slow creation of a 4G network in the UK lies with carriers, according to a government minister. Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, told the Future of Entertainment summit in London that repeated legal threats to Ofcom from mobile service providers are causing delays, as opposed to government interference. Vaizey referred to the continued problems Ofcom faces from carriers, saying “Every single one is threatening to sue, not Ofcom, if they get it wrong, which is continuing to prolong the roll out of 4G in Britain.”

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Ofcom delays Everything Everywhere 4G talks

03/27, 1:10pm

Ofcom extends deadline by nearly three weeks

Despite approving a deal for Everything Everywhere's proposed 4G network, UK regulator Ofcom has given competing networks more time to comment on the proposal. The extension was done at the request of stakeholders, and was pushed back from April 17 until May 8 of this year. Vodafone and O2 have filed complaints that suggest the new spectrum would give Everything Everywhere an unfair advantage by being the first to get to the market.

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Everything Everywhere cleared to launch LTE in UK

03/13, 5:20pm

Ofcom OKs Orange, T-Mobile LTE in UK

UK regulator Ofcom has approved (PDF) Everything Everywhere's planned formal rollout of LTE in the UK. The pairing of Orange and T-Mobile can reuse its 1,800MHz spectrum from 2G to run its LTE. Its coverage will come on top of whatever frequencies Everything Everywhere gets from upcoming LTE auctions.

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Deutsche Telekom may drop T-Mobile UK after failed AT&T deal

02/15, 5:40pm

T-Mobile UK may be price of ATT merger dying

T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom may be looking to offload T-Mobile UK after AT&T dropped its bid for T-Mobile USA, insiders asserted Wednesday. Tips to Bloomberg had it in the early phases of considering a British "exit" now that AT&T's $39 billion proposal had been deemed anti-competitive. The choices could include anything from letting Orange UK take over the other half of the Everything Everywhere partnership to an outside company.

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Orange, T-Mobile UK set to spend $2.3b on 4G rollout

12/08, 9:30pm

Investment spread across three years

Everything Everywhere has announced that its T-Mobile and Orange brands in the UK will soon benefit from approximately £1.5 billion (~$2.3 billion USD) in network investments. The funds are said to be primarily allocated for building an extensive 4G LTE network that will be available for subscribers from both carriers.

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UK may push 4G spectrum auction back to spring 2012

09/06, 4:50pm

Ofcom: tech complications may push back 4G sale

The largest wireless spectrum auction in the UK may be pushed back to the spring of 2012, according to a Tuesday report. The country's regulator, Ofcom, blamed the delay on many technical and legal issues. The potential delay is at least three months later than originally planned, though Ofcom added it has always said the original timescale was ambitious.

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Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone team on UK NFC payments

06/16, 8:45am

Three large Euro carriers team up on NFC payments

The three largest UK wireless providers that include O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere have announced they will join forces to offer mobile wallet services to customers. According to MocoNews, the three will offer a cross-platform solution to banks, merchants, advertisers and other marketing partners to get the technology and its widespread use off the ground. The cooperation seems to be just what NFC needs, as the hardware is becoming increasingly available, with many of the Android-powered handsets getting it and the OS itself coming with the needed software hooks.

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BT, Everything Everywhere to trial LTE 4G in UK

05/25, 11:10am

Remote UK town to trial 4G LTE network

UK wireless providers BT and Everything Everywhere are set to begin an LTE trial and are looking for volunteers in a specific area in the UK. The testing is to occur in South Newquay, UK, a rural area that is expensive to bring wireless services to between September and December. Those who test the technology will be the first to do so in the UK.

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Orange UK to carry subsidized iPad for £200?

11/22, 10:05am

Echoes option in South Korea

UK carrier Orange will soon carry subsidized iPads, a business publication claims. Prices are expected to start at about £200, well below the region's normal price for a 16GB 3G iPad, which is £529. The tradeoff is an obligation to take an 18- or 24-month data contract; it's not yet clear if there will be any differences in monthly fees under a contract.

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United Orange, T-Mobile UK rebrand as Everything Everywhere

05/11, 11:20am

Orange and T-Mo union has quick impact

Orange and T-Mobile today firmed up most of their plans for their new UK merger. The two will keep their names but operate under the Everything Everywhere banner and will share the same network. Roaming on each other's network will be free later this year and should eventually see both share a single large coverage map.

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