EE ups 4G speed but hikes fees

EE, the UK’s first 4G network, has doubled connection speeds in 12 cities including London – although it plans to charge extra.

The firm, which also runs Orange and T-Mobile, will today increase 4G speeds to an average 24-30 megabits per second, which is twice the speed of the typical home broadband service.

Chief executive Olaf Swantee said the move put it among the world’s fastest mobile networks.

EE said that after September, new customers will pay extra to access faster 4G speeds.

The move is EE’s latest attempt to monetise its 4G headstart, ahead of its rivals’ summer launches.

EE also introduced shared family plans for the first time, as well as a mobile payments service.