EE launches 4G mobile broadband service in rural Cumbria

The service will offer average upload and download speeds of between 8 and 12mbps

EE has launched a 4G fixed and mobile broadband service in the rural Northern Fells region of Cumbria, giving many residents a decent speed broadband service for the first time.

The service will offer many Northern Fells residents access to average upload and download speeds of between 8 and 12mbps, and headline speeds over 20mbps.

The Northern Fells is an area of the UK that remains unserved by fibre or other superfast fixed technology. EE is launching the service with a wide variety of mobile broadband plans, starting from £15.99 per month.

EE will offer 4G home and office devices to take advantage of the service, which will cover 84 percent of the population across the Northern Fells by summer 2013, said EE.

EE has been running a 4G mobile broadband trial in Cumbria since May last year.

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and Borders, said: "This is a major step forward for my constituents. Superfast broadband is making a massive difference to the way that people live their lives and do business."

Last month EE said its 4G service was now available in a further nine towns and cities across the UK, bringing the total to 37 since the launch of the UK's first 4G network last year.

The other UK mobile operators are now planning the roll-out of their own 4G services after recently winning new spectrum in an Ofcom 4G auction.