EE has unveiled a new partnership with Tech City, London's technology and start-up hub, with the aim of making the region the best connected in the world.
The deal will see 4G access for businesses in Tech City, access to EE's network APIs for Tech City developers to make the most out of 4G, and business and mentoring support for start-ups in the area, which it believes will increase employment.
EE had already revealed plans to switch on double speeds around the UK during the summer and Tech City is the first location to receive the performance boost. As well as the top 80Mbps speeds, averages will be around 30Mbps, which is far higher than many fixed-line connections.
EE will be installing Wi-Fi hotspots in the area to turn the 4G signal into Wi-Fi so any devices in use in the area can access the network. The chief executive of Tech City, Joanna Shields, said the investment would help further boost Tech City's growth.
"The speed and capacity of the superfast 4G network provides businesses with unique opportunities to build, test, and develop the digital products and services of the future," she said.
EE is bumping up speeds on its 4G network in anticipation of Three, O2 and Vodafone launching their rival offerings in the summer, and will be rolling out the increased speeds across the country in the coming months.
EE chief executive, Olaf Swantee, said the switch on underlined the importance of high-quality connectivity and speed to the UK startup sector.
"Twenty-first century business needs twenty-first century infrastructure, and the digital backbone we have built across the UK has been designed to provide just that," he said.
Tech City and EE are also exploring the feasibility of providing similar services in other growing tech cluster areas such as Bath, Cambridge, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sunderland.
The faster connections mean that London now has better 4G speeds than New York, just seven months after the network first launched.
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