EE says new mobile router can provide fixed broadband alternative

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EE has launched its first own brand Cat-7 wireless router, which can offer download speeds of up to 90MBps over its cellular network.

The 4GEE Home Router launched in the United Kingdom today and runs on the BT-owned operator's LTE-Advanced network. It can connect up to 32 devices simultaneously.

The UK operator said it would help serve consumers who live in areas with poor fixed-line broadband access.

Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing, EE, said: “Our new 4GEE Home Router provides customers with a great alternative to fixed-line broadband using the UK’s fastest and most reliable mobile network. It’s simple to set up and use straight out of the box, so it’s ideal for customers with slower fixed line speed or people who regularly move house and need instant Wi-Fi connectivity.”

The router is available for free on an 18 month contract. Prices range from £25 per month, for 10GB of data, up to £100 per month, for 200GB. Alternatively, it can be bought upfront for £129.99 with 10GB of data pre-installed.

EE's LTE network covers 83 percent of the UK's landmass, or 99 percent of the country's population. It is aiming to cover 95 percent of the UK by 2020.
Its LTE-Advanced network is available in more than 150 towns and cities.

EE is hungry for fresh spectrum to match these plans. A mooted spectrum auction for later this month could be under threat after the UK operator threatened legal action.

The company said a proposed spectrum cap should be abolished as it wants to protect its customers' user experience and also help foster the development of 5G.