EE hints at 300Mbps 4G network, debuts extra enterprise plans

Summary:The operator has added more small-business tariffs to its LTE offerings, and revealed it's laying the foundations for a speedier network.

EE has revealed a series of business 4G plans, along with hints that it's looking to speed up its 4G network.

The operator on Tuesday announced the SME plans, which will be sold under the 4GEE and 4GEE Extra brands.

On the less pricey side of the spectrum, businesses are offered £23 per month tariff with 500 UK minutes, 500 UK texts and a 1GB data allowance, a £28 per month plan which offers 1000 minutes and texts, and 1GB of data, alongside a £33 plan with 2GB of data and unlimited calls and texts.

The 4GEE Extra plans all come with unlimited texts and calls, as well as 180 minutes of calls to Europe, the US and Canada. Data allowances start at 6GB on a £41 per month plan, and top out at 50GB on a £61 tariff.  All are on 24-month contracts.

On both sets of packages, EE is throwing in a few SME-themed software sweeteners, including McAfee antivirus. For Extra customers, there's also GoTo Meeting webconferencing software, and six months of 100GB of Box storage.

There's also the offer of higher speeds with 4GEE Extra — a theoretical maximum of between 24Mbps and 30Mbps for those in an area covered by the faster network, with real world speeds around half that.

And more speed boosts could be on the way next year: EE said it's piloting a 300Mbps network this year, and it's aiming for a proper rollout in 2014. "Further details on the trial will be announced in due course," the operator said.

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Topics: Mobility, 4G, EU, United Kingdom

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Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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