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May 13, 2015

EE LTE network to carry 1 billion gigabytes by 2018

Predictions come as 4G network reaches 10 million users.

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EE has predicted that its 4G network will annually carry an exabyte, or one billion gigabytes, of data by 2018.

The predictions in the 4GEE Mobile Living Index (EEMLI) come as EE becomes the first European operator to serve 10 million customers on its 4G network. An exabyte would triple the load currently carried by the network and would be equivalent to streaming 38,000 years of HD video.

The EEMLI also revealed that total 4G traffic has now passed 3G traffic due to the expansion of coverage to new areas. Scotland, rural Wales and South-West England have seen rises in data usage of 60 percent, 50 percent and 49 percent respectively since the introduction of 4G.

Amongst other findings, the EEMLI showed that social media and video now represent 51 percent of data on the network, with YouTube driving 67 percent of overall video streaming.

In addition, it was shown that Apple Maps is the most popular GPS application, with 73 percent of traffic compared to 21 percent on Google Maps. Microsoft email services garnered 45 percent of overall email traffic.

The research also revealed that Soundcloud was the most popular music streaming service with 44 percent of total traffic. Spotify followed at 29 percent and Deezer at 10 percent.

Olaf Swantee, EE’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "EE pioneered 4G in the UK and we’re determined to keep the country at the forefront of innovation. We were the first to launch 4G+, and the first to introduce WiFi Calling in the UK.

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"We are bringing our 4G network coverage to where it is needed most – enhancing the quality of life of people who live in the most rural and underserved parts of the country. Our network advances have truly unlocked the power of the mobile internet, so much so that customer usage is doubling and we predict our 4G network, built for capacity, will comfortably handle more than an Exabyte of data per year by 2018.

"People are using 4G to change how they live and work, and one of the most exciting areas to watch is healthcare, which looks set to be transformed by access to superfast 4G."

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